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Japanese American Internment

Contextualizing Japanese American Internment, 1942-1945

Diane Ichikawa

on 13 January 2015

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Japanese American Internment
Make a list of all the things you own.
Place a check mark next to everything portable.
Place a star next to the things you adore.
Underline the things that are necessary
Describe your bedroom
About how big is it?
Do you share it?
How big is your bed?
How far is your bathroom from your bedroom?
How far is your bedroom from your kitchen?
What's your favorite meal?
What's your kitchen like?
How often do you get to eat with your family?
List the people you see on a daily basis.
List any pets
Executive Order 9066
Life at the Camps
What would you do all day?
After the Camps
$20 & a bus ticket
Average rent on a house in 1945 = $60/month
Places like Salinas, Watsonville, etc., lost roughly 2/3 of its Japanese population.
President Reagan signed Civil Liberties Act in 1988
Survivors received $20,000 in reparations
Preservation efforts
That translates into about $10,100 (2014 dollars) per year spent in the camps.
The median annual income for a household in California was about $61,000 in 2013.
Create a list of questions you would ask a survivor of the camps. Think about the types of things only he or she would know; don't think just about what history textbooks would like you to know.
“Herd ’em up, pack ’em off, and give them the inside room of the badlands. Let ’em be pinched, hurt, hungry, and dread up against it.”

—Henry McLemore (syndicated columnist), San Francisco Examiner, January 29, 1942

“I'm for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska and Hawaii now and putting them in concentration camps and shipping them back to Asia as soon as possible. . . .This is a race war, as far as the
Pacific side of the conflict is concerned . . . the White man's civilization has come into conflict with Japanese barbarism. . . . One of them must be destroyed. . . . Damn them! Let's get rid of them now!”
—Mississippi Congressman John Rankin, Congressional Record,
February 19, 1942

“Although some people may discriminate against me,
I shall never become bitter or lose faith. . . . I am firm in my belief that American sportsmanship and the attitude of fair play will judge citizenship and patriotism on the basis of action and achievement, and not on the basis of physical characteristics.”
—Creed of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), 1940
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