The Experiences of the Japanese


In the early 1900s, many people migrated to the United States of America for a better life because they considered America to have many opportunities that would help them improve their lives and that of their families. The Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese, Indians and Africans among other communities migrated into the United States of America for the same reason. Life went on considerably well before the world war two began. The world war two affected the Japanese in the United States of America in a devastating manner. Other ethnic groups also suffered from the same, but the Japanese experienced the worst treatment, at the time.

This paper analyses the experiences that the Japanese dealt with before, during and after they had to go to internment camps as well as other effects that the world war two had on them especially for those who lived in America.


The lyrics, Kenji, by fort minor help us to understand the life experiences and difficult times that the Japanese went through in the United States of America before, during and after the world war two. Kenji represents the Japanese people who migrated to the United States of America in search of better lives. For Kenji, he had made strides after he went to the United States of America. He had worked hard and got respect and built his own store. As a migrant, this shows that Kenji worked hard and had the determination to provide a better life for his family. Many of the Japanese people had done as well as Kenji had. However, all these dreams came to a halt when the world war two ensued (Minor).

Prior to the Pearl Harbor, the United States of America got involved in European wars partially by supplying ammunitions to England and other antifascist countries of Europe. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States of America into active war. President Roosevelt declared the day of the Japanese attack, seventh December 1941, as a day that would remain in ill repute. The attack on Pearl Harbor made the United States of America fear about national security more so on the western coast. President Roosevelt gave an order through executive order 9066, as commander in chief of the armed forces that required the relocation of all Japanese people including aliens and citizens outside the pacific military zone. He gave that order to prevent espionage and protect all Japanese people, in the United States of America, from harm by American people that had anti-Japanese attitudes (Ng 1).

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