Essay on America 's Acceptance Toward Japanese Americans

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“A date which will live in infamy” described by Franklin Roosevelt on the day the United States was abruptly attacked by the empire of Japan. President Franklin Roosevelt addresses Congress asking for declaration of war on Japan. Once at peace with the nation, just a few bombs changed the diplomacy between them. Extreme racism rises again, this time the government will be behind it. Japanese Americans will suffer greatly stuck in the midst of prejudice and war.
A close glimpse of Japanese American life during World War II from Farewell to Manzanar, writers Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston describe America 's acceptance toward Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor turning from “tolerance to distrust and irrational fear.” A few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jeanne’s family was moved to the Manzanar internment camp. Buildings in the camp were not well built and sand would end up inside the sheds over night. The conditions of the camp were unbearable; the prisoners had no privacy in the bathrooms and meals were unprepared. The toilet bowls were in a room out in the open and the meals the prisoners ate did not suit their taste buds. Meals consisted of “steam rice that had been cooked too long, and top of the rice a serving of canned apricots.” In Japanese culture, rice is never consumed with sweet food. The dignified Japanese culture held by the detainees was demoralized when the internees had to urinate in front of everyone. The bathroom…

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