Karen Tei Yamashita Letters To Memory Analysis

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Assimilation in American
In the early 1940’s, World War II was like a raging bull. Here at home, the Unites States government put a drastic policy into play. People of Japanese ancestry, many of them were American citizens, suddenly found themselves as the victims of fear and discrimination. Although they were not guilty of any crimes, they were rounded up and sent far away to what were basically prison camps. In the book, Letters To Memory, Karen Tei Yamashita talks about the history of her family, particularly focused on the years of World War II. She includes her family letters and government documents and collects stories from surviving relatives and friends. Through her process of storytelling the readers are able to see and interpret
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Adopting the dominant religion of a country was one clear sign of cultural assimilation. However, once personal values are a central part of who they are. By taking away what they value, it is like taking away part of their identity. Nonetheless, the U.S. government were suppressed others religious practice and expected Japanese Americans to adopt American values in order to assimilation into the American mainstream. As a result, Japanese American convert to Christianity is a symbol that show the US government stripped Japanese Americans’ identity away.
Another indication of acculturation is the demonstration of loyalty to the United States by participating in the war effort. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. declared war on Japan. From that point on, Americans were suspicious of Japanese Americans and began to question their loyalty to America. They eventually discriminate against Japanese Americans because the Japanese heritage link to Japan. As a result, Japanese American were forced to relocated and incarcerated in camps because they were thought of as spies for Japan. This was Kay’s brother respond to the

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