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The treatment of Japaneese Canadians during WW2

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History Essay WWII revolutionized the world and continues to have an immense impact on Canada's past, future and present. During WWII we had many enemies, but towards the end of the war the Japanese empire became a massive threat. However, Canada was a home country and origin of many people of Japanese descent. This terrorized the society and government and scared them into making some poor decisions. Through the causes, treatment, and outcomes it is evident the government was not justified for the actions it took against the Japanese. Many aspects contributed to the actions taken by the society and government but the bombing of pearl harbour, the internment of Canadians in Hong Kong and the constant competition and fear of spies forced the government to unjustly target a group of people. Pearl Harbour was a military base in Hawaii U.S.A that was deliberately targeted for an air assault. With news of the attack on the American naval base on December 7, 1941, years of fear and resentment against Japanese Canadians exploded into panic and anger especially in British Columbia. ...read more.

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Even the mayor of BC shared fallacious images of Japanese Canadians stating "Let no Jap be from the Rockies to the Seas"8. The public shared the same opinion and scrutinized Japanese Canadians9. Some Chinese were even scared and wore "I'm not a Jap" to distinguish themselves10. The War Measures Act was passed and gave the federal government the power to intern all persons of Japanese racial origin11. A section of 160 Km of coastline was evacuated and all Japanese people were put on trains and taken to various camps12. They were only allowed to take 68kg of clothing, bedding and cooking utensils13. Many families were forced to live in cramped quarters with ten or more other families and many camps didn't have the resources to house the huge amounts of people coming into the camps14. Most houses were not insulated making winter unbearable for many15. The government and society had no reason to fear the Japanese Canadians and yet they let them live in poverty when once their kind prospered. ...read more.

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Just because the colour of their skin and there origin they were treated like outsiders and the government had no justifiable reason to take the actions it did. The government was scared and frightened and was unwilling to accept them for who they were. I believe it is the up to the individual if he/she takes a negative action and their actions are not influenced by a home country but personal accomplishments and struggles. 1 Legacy of Shame 2 Spotlight Canada 3 Spotlight Canada 4 Legacy of Shame 5 Legacy of Shame 6 Spotlight Canada 7 Legacy of Shame 8 Canada a Peoples History 9 Legacy of Shame 10 Legacy of Shame 11 Legacy of Shame 12 Spotlight Canada 13 Legacy of Shame 14 Spotlight Canada 15 Spotlight Canada 16 Canada a Peoples History 17 Legacy of Shame 18 Legacy of Shame 19 Legacy of Shame 20 Legacy of Shame 21 Canada a Peoples History 22 Legacy of Shame 23 Legacy of Shame 24 Canada a Peoples History 25 Canada a Peoples History ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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