Racism And Cultural Aspects Of Japanese Internment In Canada

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Japanese Internment Canadians think that we are a perfect country that could never do anything wrong however, the internment of the Japanese proves that we are not. Ever since the Japanese arrived in Canada they had faced racism and prejudice. As well after the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II increase the racism they faced. With fear in Canadians hearts the country placed the Japanese in internment camps, where they faced many abuses and were forced to work. With the completion of the war the racism towards the Japanese continued. Japanese internment within Canada is one of the most shameful parts of our history even with the other cultural attacks in Canada.
Japanese people had faced racism and attacks on culture since their arrival
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Fear was struck through the hearts of Canadians as the attack on pearl harbor was so close, we feared that an attack on our shores could be imminent. With the threat of many Japanese people on the western coast police would go around to Japanese homes across British Colombia banging on the doors of their homes and telling them to gather anything that they could carry and then were forced to leave. (Marsh, J.H.. R. The Canadian Encyclopedia. (2012). Japanese internment: banished and beyond tears.) In the same way that the Jews were treated terribly because they were observed as a threat the Japanese were treated in the same manor. The government came up with the idea that the best way to keep track of them way to keep them within camps. However, before the first Japanese were sent on the trains to the camps they were kept in Hastings park where they were kept in stalls for many months that were meant for animals (Marsh, 2012). No matter the person even if you were innocent of any crime, men, women, and children were all forced to go onto trains that were going to the internment camps (Marsh, 2011). Not only were the Japanese treated terribly on their trips to the camps the conditions within the camps were not much …show more content…
Close to the end of war the government had came up with an offer for the Japanese called “voluntary repartition” to Japan, it was considered not to be reparation but deportation; the Japanese had two choices, return to Japan or settle within the rockies Hickman, P., Fukawa, M. (2011). p. 124.). The war had ended in 1945 however, discrimination towards Japanese Canadians did not end (Hickman, P., Fukawa, M. (2011). p. 138.). Until 1949 the Japanese had been completely banned from living on the British Colombia coast and they were not granted the right to vote within British Colombia until the same year (Hickman, P., Fukawa, M. (2011). p. 138.). Even to present day Canada there is still obvious proof of racism that racism exists. Japanese culture does not face the same government racism that they did many years ago however, forty percent of Japanese-Canadian Population fifteen years and older have faced discrimination due to their race, ethnicity, religion, language or accent. This shows that racism still exists and that our society still has work to do. (Hickman, P., Fukawa, M. (2011). p. 142-143.). The Japanese culture had gone through so much that they deserved to be respected however, they weren’t. As time goes on and people are taught more about human rights all the injustices that they faced will be prevented from ever happening

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