Japanese Internment Camps

Background Information

A newspaper from Dec. 7, 1941, the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

In the years following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, American responded with a lot of racism and hatred toward anyone with Asian ancestry, especially Japanese-Americans. Anyone who was Japanese-American was rounded up and sent to concentration camps spread across the western part of the United States, where they were kept until the war was over. This was done to make sure that they were not spies and could not harm the US in any way during the war.

JA citizens passing the time by practicing drills in an internment camp
There was a lot of hatred and racism in the US, and fighting the Japanese in WWII made matters even worse for Japanese-Americans

Life in the Internment Camps

Life was crowded and harsh, but people found ways to make it work. They played sports, set up schools, worked in farms/gardens, and practiced whatever trades or skills they could within the camps.

Playing a board came in the Kooskia Internment Camp barracks.
Having school as best they can

Modern Day Connections

The story of the Japanese-American Internment camps is not one that is very widely taught or known. Their stories are, however, being told to the world. George Takei, an prominent actor and American of Japanese ancestry, has produced and is starring in a production on Broadway called Allegiance. It tells the story of a family in an Internment Camp through a musical and its goal is to get the word out about the injustices that were practiced by the US Government in the 1940s and 1950s.

George Takei (center) is bringing Japanese Internent Camp stories to the world through this new Broadway production

Works Cited:

"Liberation of Nazi Camps." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 20 June 2014. Web. 01 May 2015.

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