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Discrimination Against Japanese During WW2

Research Report


Asians in North America are discriminated for any reason people can find. From

there colour to the way they speak.


Japanese and Chinese began immigrating to North America during the mid-

1800’s and were a great target of cheap labour. Working anywhere from farm fields to

factories and being paid barely anything to keep them alive.


Discrimination laws passed during the early 1900’s that denies the right of

Japanese to become citizens, to own land, or to marry outside of their race. In some

certain areas they could not buy land or get jobs in certain industries. Also there kids

were sent to segregated schools.


In 1924 immigration from Japan was stopped. By September of 1939 America cut

down its sales of iron and oil to Japan making heightened tensions between America and

Japan.


On December 7,1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The next day
America declared war on Japan wasting no time. Japans attack on Pearl Harbour was so

devastating, it even shocked Japanese Americans. Then Americas started to think that
Japanese-Americas were telling there home country of Japan valuable facts about the
U.S.A that no other country was suppose to know. For example like the next time they
were to attack Japan.

So America took initiative and started doing house roundups and search or arrest

warrants. After the Japanese where arrested they where taken to unknown destinations,

and treated as prisoners of war. Over 110,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up and

kept at many destinations but mostly camps.


From March 24 to November 3,1942, the mass removal of Japanese Americans

from the west coast took place over eight months. Japanese Americans had no charges

brought against them, there was no hearing, they did not know where they were going,

how long they would be detained, what conditions they would face, nor what would

happen...

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