Japanes Internment In Canada

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Hundreds of thousands of Japanese Canadians suffered countless persecutions during World War II. Although Asians were not liked in Canada much, this hatred escalated to a much higher level a few weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. About 25,000 Japanese Canadians were, what the government called, "evacuated" from their homes, had their property seized from them, and held in camps or forced to live far away from society in an isolated area. This was all a plan by the Canadian government to rid Canada of all the Japanese who resided there.

The purpose of this paper is to prove that what the Canadian government and people did to the Japanese people was not only wrong, but a direct violation of their rights, and nothing more than racial prejudice that held no ground for such actions.

Japanese citizen arriving in Canada for the first time in their lives have expectations are extremely high for the new country you have heard of so much.

When they arrive in Canada, they are met with extremely hostile feelings from the Caucasians living there. They immediate label them as a "Jap." This was not an innocent nickname, but a racist term used with much anger. Fast-forward 40 years to the 1940's. Not much has changed over such a long period. Although the Japanese were slightly tolerated a bit more, they were still hated very much by the white people of Canada.

Once the bombing on Pearl Harbor happened, this racism took over. On December 7, 1941 the first Japanese were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted police. In short order the schools and newspapers of the community are shut down. Fishing boats and automobiles are impounded; radios and cameras confiscated, and dusk to dawn curfew imposed. On January 14th,



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