Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Autumn E

In the first video put out by our government, I believe the message they were trying to convey is that they were taking good care of the Japanese American Evacuees. I think it gives a very accurate portrayal of the Japanese American population besides the fact they call their ancestors “Aliens”.  The video shows that the Japanese thought that this sacrifice was them doing their part in the war effort, It shows them wanting to have normal lives, start working, building schools, farms, homes, and overall becoming a civilization.

In the second video, In my opinion the message they are trying to convey is that people in our country were made to think that Japanese Americans should not be allowed back into our country because they were disloyal. I do not think that the portrayal of Japanese Americans is correct at all, because for more than 80 years Asian immigrants were viewed as “economic threats”, there were laws that effectively banned them from the country, and the Japanese population that made it to America still had the lingering resentment increased after Pearl Harbor. Internment camps were isolated in deserts with harsh weather, and armed with barbed wire fencing and guard towers, small one-room apartments with little privacy and constant surveillance.

I believe video 2 showed a more accurate representation of what actually went on in our country and how people of different descent were treated, As the war continued public opinions worsened against Japanese Americans. Only 35% of the country thought that they should be allowed to return home after the war was over which kept the camps open for 3 years. On December 17th, 1994 the government announced that Japanese American Evacuees could return home, when they returned home, their homes were looted and all of their possessions were gone. There weren’t many jobs so a lot of them became homeless, no government assistance was given to those trying to rebuild their lives. Overall, video 2 tells you the most about the truth and that they weren’t actually well taken care of.

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Dominic Salvucci

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

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