Japanese Sentiments And Japanese Americans Essay

1361 Words Apr 1st, 2016 6 Pages
On the 7th of December in 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The following year, in the middle of February, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that allowed for the relocation of all those living in coastal Washington, Oregon, and California with Japanese ancestry. Those living on the West coast were relocated to desolate places far away from the Pacific Ocean and placed in camps with other Japanese Americans. There were a few reasons for the relocation of Japanese Americans in the middle of February of 1942 and up until 1945 when some were just barely beginning to be released. The reasons for their forced relocation away from the West coast were: negative racial and social attitudes towards them, followed by the economic ‘issues’ of ownership of land and business, and then the concern about national security threats native-born Americans had.
There were anti-Japanese sentiments long before the attack on Pearl Harbor took place. Many people who had been born in America with their families residing there for a few decades did not feel too kindly to the Japanese emigrating to the United States in the large numbers that they did, especially since the Chinese had just been prohibited from entering the United States in search for jobs. The Japanese had began to emigrate to America─more often California, Oregon and Washington─in large numbers during the 1890’s and early 1900’s, many of them coming for job opportunities presented to them by American…

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