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Discrimination Against Japanese-Americans

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 10:11 AM
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With the recent attacks on the United States by terrorists, many Americans have been experiencing feelings of fear, sadness and tremendous anger.   With Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban being held responsible, many of Middle-Eastern descent have been experiencing great prejudice and discrimination and are being stereotyped as terrorists.   These types of feelings are very prevalent in American society today.   Similarly, though not widely as discussed, Japanese-Americans have felt these feelings directed toward them for several generations.   Going from the extreme of being herded to internment camps after the surprise attack of Pearl Harbor, to the more commonplace, being stereotyped in the entertainment industry and internet sites, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping have been apart of the lives of many Japanese Americans.


America’s greatest acts of prejudice or discrimination next to the enslavement of African Americans was probably the internment of the Japanese during World War II.   After the surprise attack of the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, there was great fear that the Japanese Americans on the West Coast would revolt and aid the Japanese war effort (“Japanese American Internment”).   Much evidence pointed to the contrary though.   The Munson Report investigated the loyalty of Japanese Americans and their likeliness to revolt and overwhelmingly found that they were loyal.   The report also describes Japanese-Americans as having “considerably weakened […] loyalty to Japan ” and are now thought of as “foreigners to Japan” (Munson Report).   The report went as far as saying that “there will be no armed uprising of Japanese.   There is no Japanese ‘problem’ on the Coast” (Munson Report).  


Despite this evidence and without due process of law, over 120,000 were forced from their homes into internment camps in central United States.   Families were broken...

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  1. WOW, CAN YOU SAY HYPOCRITE AND 'WAY OFF'
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    • Feb 25, 2004 - Evaluator: (daemon2)
    • "Japan is the home of a people with a rich ancestry and a unique way of life. Nowhere else in the world will you find a group of people with the same religious evolution. First Shinto, now Buddhism, their religious background is diverse. Nowhere else in the world will you find the same family structure. An unwavering importance is placed on retaining customs. Their family life has remained constant for several generations. And nowhere else will you find such the same love for clothing. Many keep up on the fashions of the western world and there are those who still wear the rich fashions of Japanese history (“Japan”). The uniqueness of the Japanese not only sets it apart from the rest of the world but also may act as the root or a catalyst for the racial problems that occur against Japanese Americans." "NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD WILL YOU FIND A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH THE SAME RELIGIOUS EVOLUTION." THIS BLANKET PUFFED UP STATEMENT PROVES TO ME YOU ARE EITHER JAPANESE OR 'WHITE' WHO IS VERY ENAMORED WITH 'JAPAN'. FIRST OF ALL, DID YOU KNOW SHINTO IS A COPY OF KOREAN SHAMANISM? AND BUDDHISM SPREAD FROM CHINA TO KOREA AND THEN TO JAPAN. AND ACTUALLY KOREA WAS WHERE BUDDHISM FIRST GREW A STRONG ROOT AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS WHICH WOULD TAKE TOO LONG TO GET INTO HERE. JAPANESE 'CULTURE' IS ACTUALLY AN IMITATION OF CHINA'S TANG DYNASTY AND THE MEAT OF IT'S CULTURE WAS TAKEN FROM KOREA. NOWADAYS ONLY THOSE WHO ARE AWARE OF KOREAN CULTURE DEEPLY ARE AWARE OF THIS. JAPANESE CULTURE IS ACTUALLY 'DILUTED' ENOUGH TO BE APPEALING TO THE WEST BUT IS MORE A MIRAGE AND IMITATION THAN ANYTHING ELSE. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THIS FAINTLY REFLECTED IN JAPANESE CUISINE. FAMILY STRUCTURE AND RETAINING CUSTOMS? YOU MUST BE KIDDING, DO YOU THINK THIS IS UNIQUE OR ORIGINAL TO JAPAN?? THERE WAS MORE TO JAPAN'S CONTINUAL HARASSMENT OF KOREA ESPECIALLY THAN MEETS THE EYE AND WHY THEY WERE SO EAGER TO REWRITE ITS HISTORY. I REALLY DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANYONE ESTEEMING ANOTHER CULTURE BUT OUTRIGHT MISREPRESENTATION IS JUST WRONG AND UNWITTINGLY DISCREDITS THE HISTORICAL TRUTH OF SURROUNDING NATIONS AND CULTURES.