The treatment of Japaneese Canadians during WW2

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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. This was a surprise attack and sparked fear that the 2100 Japanese Canadians which happened to live on the west coast may be involved in helping to target Canada for an assault. The harassment intensified on December 18th, 1941 when Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Canadian soldiers were defending the island when they were invaded and most of the 2,000 were killed/imprisoned. The Japanese had always been seen as competition. They had owned their own grocery stores, restaurants, fishing vessels and farmland. It was often a thought that they might of been spies and were mapping the coast and planning an attack. Despite their race, they were still Canadian citizens, but Canada chose not to recognize them as equals just because of the war.

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The treatment of the Japanese Canadians was dismal and unnecessary and it worsened every day since the occurrence of pearl harbour. In the eyes of the government and society the image of the Japanese Canadians was tarnished and it caused many unjustifiable acts.  The government slowly began to take the freedom, rights and possessions of Japanese Canadians. On the night of pearl harbour 38 people were arrested by the RCMP and many more would be arrested in months later. The government had forced the Japanese fish boats to be confined to port, and eventually, the Canadian navy seized 1200 of these vessels. Soon ...

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