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Canada's Interning The Japanese: Justified? Essay

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The fear of Japan invading Canada in World War Two cause racism to arise in Canada. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 (Bolotta et al, 2000), Canadian citizens feared the Japanese immigrants living in Canada may aid Japan in attacking. Worried about its citizens and problems that may arise, the Canadian government prevented the problem by interning Japanese Canadians. The issue with this solution was the Canadian Government was not justified in interning the Japanese Canadians. The Canadian government had no reason to intern the Japanese Canadians; it was unreasonable, unnecessary and discriminatory.
First of all, putting Japanese Canadians into internment camps was unreasonable as ...view middle of the document...

There was no need of taking all their personal possessions and properties. In addition, many families were separated from each other. Men between the ages of eighteen to forty five were separated from their family and forced to work on farms or repair roads (Bigelow et al, 2000). The Japanese Canadians were interned for being a threat to Canada but that does not justify for separating families. Furthermore, the conditions in the internment camps were terrible. Japanese Canadians had to live in places that were uninsulated shacks with only cot, a coal stove and no electricity (Bigelow et al, 2000). To repeat, the Japanese Canadians were interned because they may be a threat to Canada but that does not mean that they are not people. On the whole, the intensity of the internment was an unneeded action made by the Canadian government.
Finally, interning Japanese Canadians was a discriminatory action made by the government. They were considered suspicious and a possible threat to Canada because they were of Japanese descent, they were put into internment camps (Bolotta et al, 2000).Putting a certain race into camps with no reason then because of their nationality is an act of discrimination. Moreover, Canadians were just looking for someone or a race to blame for what has happened and Japanese immigrants were targeted. They were targeted because they looked like the enemy, Japan (Bigelow et al, 2000). Additionally, citizens in British Columbia did not like the Japanese...

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