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During World War II Japanese Americans experienced this sort of fear and hatred in a place they thought of as home.


Photo showing internment of ethnic Japanese in America following Presidential Executive Order 9066 (signed and issued by FDR in 1942). Around 120,000 ethnic Japanese were held in internment camps for the duration of the war. 62% were American born citizens. As part of the order 11,000 people of German ancestery were also interned including Jewish refugees.

Roughly a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans ended up in camps. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 on February 19, uprooting Japanese Americans on the west coast to be sent to Internment camps. The order led to the internment of Japanese Americans or AJAs (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) in which some 120,000 ethnic Japanese people were held in internment camps for the duration of the war.


Yamato (大和?), named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. On 7 April 1945 she was sunk by American carrier-based bombers and torpedo bombers with the loss of most of her crew.

from Social Change and the Future

Group 3 Assignment 5 – WWII Japanese Internment Camps

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Meaningful Moments: A Japanese-American boy gets a hug from his pal during lunchtime at Raphael Weill Public School in San Francisco, April 1942. Not long after this photo was taken, children of Japanese ancestry (including the pictured boy) were evacuated with their parents to spend the duration of World War II in War Relocation Authority centers.


A Japanese American unfurled this banner the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. This Dorothea Lange photograph was taken in March 1942, just prior to the man's internment.

from the Guardian

We Japanese Americans must not forget our wartime internment

George Takei: The degrading treatment of Japanese American families like mine is the theme of my new musical, Allegiance

19 Feb 42: In what can only be called "not his finest hour," President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones "from which any or all persons may be excluded," clearing the way for the relocation of 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps, 11,000 people of German ancestry, and 3,000 of Italian decent. #WWII #History