The Influence Of The Attacks On Pearl Harbor

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The attacks on Pearl Harbor forever altered the course of American history,the attacks also changed the way Americans viewed and treated Japanese Americans. These resentments and mistreatments of Japanese immigrants, began long before the bombing of Pearl Harbor ever took place. These biases were even present here, in the state of Washington. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, many viewed the Japanese- Americans as threats to the country and how they should be treated became a subject of debate in popular magazines at the time. Japanese, suppressed within the United States during WWII, still radiated hope of a bright future for them and their families even while facing many adversities. Prior to WWII Japanese immigrants in Washington state …show more content…
From the time President Roosevelt gave his memorable “Infamy” speech, where he outlined the coming war, the days and months following, American biases and prejudices towards Japanese citizens began to show. The LIFE article “ How to Tell Japs from Chinese”, gives us a glimpse of American’s attitudes towards the japanese during this time period. First, the fact that this article was published sets a certain tone of fear geared towards Japanese citizens. It represents fear because, it makes the readers feel as though they have to spot and identify Japanese people. This article cashes in on this fear towards Japanese, and even amplifies them with the way they represent the Japanese people as a whole with their illustrations. When comparing the “Japs” to chinese, they decided to let Gen. Tojo a fierce man who was universally hated during this time in America, represent all of Japan. The other image shows two Japanese soldiers frowning and miserable looking compared to happy Chinese brother enjoying their day. Representing the Japanese cultures with these two images, de-humanizes the Japanese people as whole, and LIFE magazine paints a picture of them being an enemy to America and it’s people. When we compare the rhetoric of the LIFE article to that of initiative #37 we can see some distinct similarities, while also noticing some unique differences. In both instances, the Japanese were both depicted as threats and that regular people should be weary of them. In the LIFE article they make you feel as though that to better protect your life you should be able to identify Japanese living in America. While in the initiative 37 letter they treat the Japanese as a threat to their way of life, not their life directly. Its easy to grasp why the LIFE article is more weary of the Japanese during the height of the war, compared to that of initiative 37 before the war. Although many

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