Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Logan B

After I watched the first video I believe that the USA is trying to turn people against Japan. I have reasons for believing this. My reason is in the beginning where the man says “Living in that zone were more than 100,000 persons of Japanese decent, two-thirds of them american decent, one-third aliens, knew that some among them were dangerous” talking about the Japanese-Americans around the west coast. By this he is implying that they were dangerous trying to portray to people that they are bad.

After watching the second video I believe that they are trying to get people to feel bad for Japan. I have reasons for believing this. A reason why I believe that they are trying to get people to feel bad for Japan is he says everything in a way where it victimizes Japan.

I believe that the second video is more accurate. The reason I believe this is because I believe that the second video is less biased than the first one, and I think it’s filled with more facts. The first one was made around when it was going on so there was more propaganda and bias. These are the reasons why I believe that the second video is more accurate than the first video.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Alaina B


In the first video, it explains why Japanese citizens were placed into internment camps. There was an attack on Pearl Harbor and everyone was scared of the Japanese, and felt as if they were being threatened by them. In this video, the government tried to get the Japanese to volunteer and go to these camps so that he could say that they all willingly went to the camps themselves. The video was made by the US government, so it tried to justify what we were putting the Japanese people through, even though they were innocent. This video didn’t completely explain things well,and was trying to share the message that the Japanese were all bad. I think that what the government was doing was completely wrong, and he was trying to make it seem like all Japanese people were bad because of Pearl Harbor. 


In this video. It shows that the internment camps were started way before the attacks, due to them breaking laws that got them banned from the country. The government thinks that since some people were bad, everyone else from that area is bad too. That’s why the remaining people who made it to America were placed into these internment camps. The Government wanted to get rid of all the Japanese people, even the ones that were American citizens. Residents had to sell their belongings and homes for money. I think that this video is trying to explain that the Japanese were not all bad and that the government put all these people through stuff for nothing, by showing and explaining everything that was happening to them.   


 I think that the second video tells the most accurate version of the event with the Japanese, and japanese-americans. It explains more than video 1. It explains how the people placed into camps were American citizens. It shows a lot of information on the internment camps. It show s that the camps were isolated, and in places with horrible weather. The places were blocked off with fences, and wire so that nobody could leave. The people were limited to very small spaces and often got sick, with security. It explains how they were serving during ww2 to try and get out of it. The first video is just trying to explain how the Japanese were mostly bad. Overall I think that the second video definitely explains things better.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Jazmine B

The first video was put up by the US Government. They were afraid that the Japanese forces would try to invade the United States. They were also afraid that the Japanese-Americans were going to be unloyal and cause problems, so they decided to move them. The government was uncertain about what was going to happen, so they put the plan in action to prevent possible incidents..The government was willing to move Japanese Americans to these camps, but they were forced to leave behind their shops and houses. The government built camps and tried to create communities with church services and fishing areas before moving the people in. Even though the Japanese Americans were forced to live in these camps, they tried to make communities for themselves by building schools and hospitals. Parents and grandparents of those in the camps often supported and undertook the cost. It was a prologue of a new story, a new employment to enjoy the freedom and the good of the United States, even if it was against their will.

As the second video indicates, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the government believed that it became necessary to transfer thousands of Japanese Americans to camps. The government did this to show that they were still in charge and still had control over the situation. The Japanese Americans were mostly taken from their homes on the Pacific Coast and moved to internment camps inland. If the Japanese were going to invade the Pacific coast, the government wanted to make sure that Japanese Americans did not get the upper hand and help the enemy. Although the camps were not as bad as the Japanese and Germans torture camps, the government never really helped the people in the camp that much. I think that the video does not give an accurate portrayal of Japanese Americans because they did not let those people themselves tell their stories or show us what they were thinking at the time.  

 The  second video is more accurate. The government was important and they wanted to be more in charge and take over people’s homes and move them.  They wanted the people to agree with what they were doing, so they made everything sound good. The second video told the full story. The government didn’t know everything was gonna get looted and the second video was told at a more recent date, so they had more information.


Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Lexi B.

In the first video I think the message they were trying to convey was that what the “japanese-americans” had to go through and showing us where they lived,work etc. In my opinion I don’t think they gave an accurate portrayal of the japanese-americans because of negative stereotypes,propaganda, and lack of understanding. First,Japanese Americans were depicted as disloyal and untrustworthy, which made them think that they posed a threat to national security. Two, the US used propaganda to vilify japanese-americans and created fear among the general population. Three, Japanese-Americans were put in camps based solely on their ethnicity, taking away their rights and freedom. Four, Japanese-Americans faced discrimination and were marginalized in various aspects of life. Five, Many Americans had limited knowledge of Japanese culture so not many Americans understood them and it gave off an inaccurate representation of Japanese americans. 

            In the second video the message was telling us about other stuff like what happened when the japanese american got released. I think this was more accurate because they said more negative things. They talk about how the asian immigrants were a threat. There were cries from the government. Their homes were small. When they were moved to isolation camps the weather was very harsh, they were surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers.

              In my opinion I think the first video was more accurate then the second. It had more details about the Japanese americans. It talks about how they were sent there and what they did when they were in the camps unlike the second video only talked about the story that is basically posted on google.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Auri S

This video by the US government is trying to convey that the Japanese Americans were happy. This video was published by the government. I disagree that this video shows a true portrayal of what happened. The video states that they are happy that could be true but they only showed the kids, the kids probably do not know what is happening. The video also states that there was freedom there was no freedom they were only allowed out of their house and to walk around the camp. The video states the army built the camp overnight. The kids there were probably okay with it but it may have been unsuitable  

The second video was made after World War 2. It shows the full effect of internment on Japanese americans. It was more accurate because it showed how they were actually being treated, they were ripped out of their houses, put into camps and were watched by armed guards. Many of them when they went home there was nothing left on the properties.

The second video is more accurate because everything wasn’t all sweet and kind, a lot went down when they were ripped from their homes and forced to do stuff they didn’t want to do. The second video showed events that seemed more accurate.

Japanese American Internment Video Comparison by Ariel N

The first video is about the Internment of Japanese Americans by the United States Government. The message this video was trying to convey is the Japanese were happy where they were placed. The Japanese Americans were not happy. They were not allowed out of their camps. I would not be happy. I do not believe that it tells an accurate portrayal of The Japanese Americans. The video shows them as happy and demonstrates them having free will. They had free will inside the camp because it was gated shut. They could not go anywhere else. At one point the video justified that they left back everything they built, lived, and or bought. If that were me I would have not been “happy” as the video said i would have been miserable if i were in such certain circumstances. I am quite sure they weren’t either. The video also established that an army practically built their camps within 24-hours. There was no way the camps were suitable for the children. The video also confirms that it was a racetrack filt with 17,00 persons/people the place had to have been so congested. They were used to living in the US, then being all squished together is a drastic change. They had to have been uncomfortable. I would be.

The second video is the complete opposite of the first one. This one shows how miserable the Japanese Americans were. I do absolutely agree this video is an accurate/honest portrayal. I think this because they truly stated what was happening at the camps. One of the first things the video establishes that they were surrounded by barbed wire and guard traps. They were technically imprisoned. From my perspective, that is what happened in real time. Judging from the video that was not what they were told would happen. The video also states that all families where given a small one room apartment, blanket, and a small heating stove, if there was a big family there would be no room, they would all be squashed together and i would not like that even with my family. The video also justifies that they were under 24-hour surveillance. They are being watched like ‘cats and dogs’ and have zero privacy. Privacy is a really good thing to have. It makes people feel a lot more comfortable, they already had to have been uncomfortable from moving and pushed together. I can only imagine. This video establishes that the Japanese Americans were not home for 3 years and when they got back all their belongings were gone. They had nothing left. I would have expected to not have much or that my home could have potentially been someone else’s.The sad thing was the government knew what they were putting them into, they knew that they would go homeless and not have food they knew they wouldn’t have been able to help or support them. I feel like if I was put in that situation that I likely would have gone somewhere else. 

Based on how the government painted a rosy and happy picture about it, we have learned it wasn’t all ‘rainbows’. In my opinion the second video is more of an accurate portrayal of what happened to The Japanese americans. The events shown in video 2 are more realistic.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Austin I

In the first video made by the U.S government, the video tryes to convoy a message that the Japanese population living among the U.S population coperated wholehartedly in going to the camps. It also trys to convoy that it went easy for them after Pearl Harbor. I do not think the video tells an accurate portrayal of the Japanese-Americans. In the video it says that the U.S government helped tennents sell there farms for a good sum of mony. It also says that the government provided trucks for the Japanese to put there personal things in. In the video it said the army provided busses for the evacuees and they coopreated wholehartedly. In the video the narriator said that at the camps the army provided healthful nourising food for all. In the video it said that some of the Japanese made camoflage nets for the United States military.

In the second video made by the History channel, tryes to convoy a message that the Japanesse we treated terribly after Pearl Harbor. I think the second video tells an accurate portrayal of how the Japanese-Americans were treated after Pearl Harbor. In the video it says the residents were forced to sell their homes and their busness for small sums of money. Also the video states that internment camps were often situated in isolated deserts and surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers. It also said that the people lived in small one room apartments with little privicy and constent surveillance. The video said that they were only given a standered army cot, blankets, and a small heating stove. The video states that only 35% of Americans thought that Japanese-Americans should return home after the war.

I believe the second video tells a more accurate portrayal of Japanese-American Internment because in the first video they act like the Japanese-Americans were treated great in the camps. In the second video they tell the truth and talk about the conditions they were actualy kept in. An example is the first video saying the camps provided healthful nourising food for all and skipping out on the harsh winters and the barbed wire. The second video talked about all of that. Another example is the first video saying that the government helped the Japanese-Americans sell their houses and bussness for a good sum of money. In the second video it was said that the govenment made the Japanese-Americans sell their houses for a small sum of money. There are my reasonings as to why I thing the second video portrays the Internment of the Japanese-Americans better than the first one.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Mercedes H

This video by the U.S. government conveyed how the Japanese-Americans could be spies or cause problems by being loyal to Japan. I believe that this video is an inaccurate portrayal. The details in the video say they are afraid of sabotage, existing bias towards Japanese, forced to sacrifice and give up belongings, roughing self-government ran by Japanese-Americans and starting from scratch in the desert.

The message in the video conveyed the events before Japan attacked us and how things escalated to the war. I believe that this is an accurate portrayal of how the Japanese-Americans were treated. The Americans were treated badly. The details from the video shows that ⅔ were native-born Americans, they were given not too long to sell their homes and belongings, internment camps were put into isolated deserts, they lived in one-room apartments and public opinions became to worsen.

In conclusion I believe that the second video was more accurate than the first one because they were more open with their video while the other one was hiding some details. For example, in the second video they showed how the Japanese-Americans were isolated in the internment camps with bad weather conditions while in the first one they did not include that piece of information so the U.S. government did not look bad.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Jesus F-R

The message the U>S was trying to convey through the video was that Japanese Americanas were free in the internment camps. I do not think that this was an accurate portrayal of japanese america. The US makes it seem as though the  Japanese Americans living here were a danger to us, but many of them were American citizens. It showed them becoming their own community in the internment camps and opening their own schools. I think they shouldn’t have had to be their own community when many of them were already American citizens. They were free, but the army guards the perimeter of the camp. The video says all the japanese-americans cheerfully went and signed the stacks of paperwork needed for them to evacuate, but they didn’t look happy or free with many of them jammed together in one room trying to sign paperwork. I also feel having to get rid of their businesses and homes proves they weren’t really free. The U.S video tried to portray Japanese americans in internet camps as free, but I don’t think they were.

The second video shows us what japanese-americans really went through in internment camps. I think it was an accurate description of what they went through. We saw the rough weather conditions they dealt with. We also see they had to sell their land and property, which was not fair as they did nothing to America. Many of them also fought for us in the war, but were still kept in camps after the war was over. They were treated completely unfairly. They were all stuffed into small rooms with whole families in one room. Their camp was surrounded by barbed wire so they couldn’t just leave. The Japanese-Americans were treated poorly by the U.S.

I think the second video was a more accurate description of the Japanese-Americans in internment camps. The second one shows how they were treated poorly with whole families in one room. The first one tried to say they weren’t treated poorly.

Japanese Internment Video Comparison by Riley C.

In the first video I believe it is very innacurate because, it starts off with a man explaining why they need to relocate the Japanese-Americans and they do so by making it so the Japanese-Americans can volounteer to leave by themselves but eventually the government says it’s mandatory and they send buses and moving trucks to the Japanese-Americans. The video makes it seem like being an internment camp was fun and good for them, like they say that its the Japanese-Americans way of giving help to the war effort, then the U.S. government left all women and children in their homes. The government also moved the Japanese away from any critical areas which made them isolated from society which is wrong. They also called the Japanese-Americans Japs which is a slur used in a derogetory manner.

In the second the message I believe is accurate because it says the Japanese were forced to go into these camps. the Japanese were citizens as well but the Americans and the Government resented them by ruining their economy. They were also alienated from everyone else. the rooms in their camps were very small and cramped. The video even shows how their schooling was not very good.

I believe the second video is more accurate to what really happened in history.