Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Savana H

When learning about what happened to the Japanese after the attack on
pearl harbor you will see two very different videos. One claiming what
happened after gave them a new fresh start. The second telling people about
the horrible conditions they had to endure. I believe the second video more.

In the first video, what seems to be an American civilian, casts blame on
all Japanese descent. He calls them “aliens”. He gives reasons as to why where
they live affects the army. He talks about relocating Japanese Americans,
removing the “disloyals”. “The “loyals” were happy to go.” He said, telling
the viewer that they were happy to leave all they had built up and grew.They
had their own houses and schools. Homes and shops were left empty,
abandoned. There belongs to big to take where left. He tells the viewer how
much better their life was. Church, good food, good teaching, nice houses, and
eventually their new places of work. The man expresses new found greatness
in the discrimination. Though he doesn’t quite explain it as that, that is what it
is. They moved the Japanese to a “better” place, because they are Japanese. I
think they displayed this video to show how much they “cared” about them,
when the truth is they did not necessarily want them around at all.

In the second video, the narrator explains that hundreds of thousands of
Japanese people were sent to camps under suspicion of disloyalty to the United
states. For more than 80 years, Asian immigrants were viewed as economic
threats. American civilians resented them and banned new immigrants. 10 permanent camps were established. These camps help over 120,000 Japanese
americans, ⅔ of those who were native born American citizens. They were
forced to sell their homes and belongings. Harsh weather, barbed wire, and
watch towers scattered the camps. They were given small one room
apartments with little to no privacy and constant surveillance. A small army
cot, blankets, and a small stove were all they owned. Some men joined the
military. The public still did not want a Japanese “home”, they thought they
should stay in the camps. When being allowed to go home, their houses were
robbed and work was sparse. This video shows the audience how bad treatment
really was, how horribly the Japanese were treated by americans.

Having some videos that try to persuade the audience to believe a better
story, and one that tells the solemn truth, learning about this can be a very
difficult situation. I truly think the second video is more truthful. They show
pictures and videos, they give plenty of details, (the living conditions and
supplies), and why would anyone exaggerate the horrible details the narrator
stated. This is why i believe the second video more than the first.

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Dominic Salvucci

Teacher, Father, Husband, Poet/Philosopher, Life Long Learner.

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