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The Japanese American Internment Experience

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While describing the evacuation process Lawson Fusao Inada in his book “ Only what we could carry, ” writes, “ We went to sleep on the floor, as we had all our mattresses packed and made ready for the storage man who was to come the next day. The front room was littered with our baggage, a huge trunk, the beds which had been taken apart, the rolled-up carpet, and small cardboard boxes filled with things we had repacked over again and again. “ Let’ s leave these things here; no let’ s take them. ” How very confusing, how utterly hesitant we were. ” (p. g.3,‘ The Day we left, ’ Ben Jijima, Only what we could carry).

It was quite perplexing and they couldn’ t guess anything about their future. The future was in the darkness. They were no more the free citizens of a free and democratic nation but they were the internees. The nation that was their motherland had become foreign land for them. The feeling of alienism was making Japanese Americans more and more insecure. The internees were ordered to bring very few belongings. They were ordered to leave their houses within 48 hours.

The American Japanese were shifted to a temporary assembly center until the internment camps built. Among these assemblies, thirteen assemblies were located in California. The camps were built in different places such as Topaz, Utah, Poston, Arizona, Gila River, Amache, Colorado, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Jerome, Arkansas, Manzanar, California, Minidoka, Idaho, Rohwer, and Tule Lake. “ Voices from the Camp, ” by Brimner, Larry Dane is a personal testimony of Japanese American survivors and their personal experience in California during World War II. Brimner has depicted a vivid picture of the round-ups, and the journey to the relocation camps, the daily life of the people in the camps.

Here he describes how bitter experience they had there apart from being faithful and loyal citizens of America and how the individual rights were trampled in the name of national security. The day to day life of the people is always affected by the war. War creates an adverse effect on the common man who wants peace and security. The mental insecurity starches his mind.

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preview essay on The Japanese American Internment Experience
  • Pages: 8 (2000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Military
  • Level: Masters
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