Japanese Internment Camps And Its Effects On The United States

1089 Words Nov 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Japanese-American internment camps had devastating effects in the United States by raising issues among the internees on how to reconcile their cultural identities amidst growing resentment and discrimination. .2 The camps were established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 and stated that fall people with Japanese ancestry living in the Pacific Coast region should be placed in internment camps.1 President Roosevelt justified the camps as a necessary effort to ensure “the successful prosecution of the war [it] requires every possible protection against espionage and sabotage to national defense utilities.” The Japanese internment camps were a result of years of tension and discrimination towards the Japanese community. However, this was not an effort to help the war because “not a single documented act of sabotage or espionage had been committed by an American citizen or resident of Japanese ancestry.” This act of discrimination was a struggle only those with Japanese ancestry faced and as a consequence many imprisoned internees faced a cultural identity struggle. Cultural identity is defined as one’s identity to a group usually based on their feelings of belonging to that one group. Cultural identity can be influenced by political or economic dominant culture. It is possible that Japanese-Americans living in the Pacific Coast region from 1942 to 1945 may have experienced a cultural identity struggle as their…

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