"Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family"
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The paper discusses the experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII based on Yoshiko Uchida's autobiographical book, "Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family". The paper describes how Uchida tells her story that mirrors the experiences of all the Japanese Americans who, for three years or more, were forced to live in the relocation camps in quickly remodeled stables. The paper emphasizes how these individuals suffered a great deal of injustice initiated by the US government, with the tacit support of its citizens.
From the Paper:"Especially when the resources became scarce, discrimination crept along the walls of what these Americans or future Americans had built together. The white majority or at least, the white elite, was decided to keep its place in the Western American society in the traditional way. Among the first to suffer the consequences of such decisions there were always the Asians. History repeats itself and it happened then what had happened many times in history: the necessity to increase the working force had made the authorities encourage immigration without the back up of a medium and long term plan of assimilating them. When those people were no longer needed, the way to deal with them was brutal and often left at the discretion of the private citizens.
"The worst possible treatment the Western American society made use of when dealing with its first, second or even third generation of Americans happened after the Pearl Harbor attack, in the case of the Japanese Americans. According to the law, these people who became overnight the "enemy", were forced to leave their own homes and community and live for years in interment camps."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert exile: the uprooting of a Japanese American family. University of Washington Press, 1984
Cite this Term Paper:
"Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family" (2013, January 30) Retrieved January 27, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/desert-exile-the-uprooting-of-a-japanese-american-family-152345/
""Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family"" 30 January 2013. Web. 27 January. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/desert-exile-the-uprooting-of-a-japanese-american-family-152345/>