Pearl Research Paper
Mary was a 17-year old Japanese-American girl living in the United States with her family. She was born and raised in America and had her citizenship, but her parents did not. For all she knew all her life she thought she was just like every other Caucasian American that lived in that same country. She went to an American school, spoke fluent English, had American friends, had her citizenship and everything else that you would think she needed in order to be considered an American.
She never had anything against Americans, followed theirs procedures, went to play with friends, went to a church taught in English and studied English scriptures. Everything she did her whole entire life was almost identical to what other Americans …show more content…
This is when her life slowly started falling apart and who she thought she was, wasn’t true anymore. After this event she felt ashamed to be Japanese-American, she felt like everyone around her hated her now even though teachers and kids at school were still nice to her and her brother. Her parents always had taught to always stay on people’s good side, than in case of emergency of anything happens, people that know you won’t have bad things to say about you; maybe that is why everyone she knew still respected them even after the event occurred. A little while after the Pearl Harbor attack happen her family would listen to the radio, and all you could hear on the radio was how evil and cruel Japanese people were to do such a thing. Rumors split very quickly through newspapers and all sorts of media. Slowly United States starting blaming and hating on all Japanese people living in America, they thought they had some part of …show more content…
Franklin D Roosevelt sent an order in 1942 demanding all persons of Japanese ancestry both alien and non-alien to be evacuated.
Mary and her brother were very confused and angry at the world. It was not their fault that they looked like they were Japanese and had slant eyes with dark hair and yellow skin, as she described herself. They had their citizenship, yet because their parents were Japanese they were considered non-aliens. Even though she has lived in America her whole entire life, just because of her physical appearance she was being punished. Her whole entire life she considered herself one of “them,” which suddenly wasn’t true anymore.
All she knew was that soon they will be taken somewhere and had eight days to pack and could only take two suitcases. Mary’s whole family, as well as other Japanese people were taken to internment camps. She still wasn’t fully aware of what was happening. She thought they were all being sent there for their own safety, but the barbed wires on the inside and armed soldiers made her question that and think otherwise. She wasn’t there for her safety, she was there because she was Japanese and it happens so that Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and they were suffering because of