Eng 201- Asgnt 3(Final draft)

Eng 201- Asgnt 3(Final draft) - Chantel Wynter ENG 201...

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Chantel Wynter Japanese Internment: ENG 201 – Barbara Cole Morally Wrong or Logically Right? Assignment 3 An incident often overlooked in American history as something that just happened, yet others see what happened as a regrettable circumstance with no intentions of a reoccurrence. Whatever the reason, the Japanese American Internment is a happening that actually occurred whether America wants to admit that or not. In fact, the major issue is whether or not the purpose of this incident was morally wrong or logically right: Did America react or overreact? America responded to the Pearl Harbor incident where they suffered casualties from an unexpected hit. Although they had the right to counterattack they didn’t go about it in the right way. The negative affects of separating Japanese from the rest of the civilians and sending them to relocation centers far outweighs the idea of extreme safety precautions within the U.S. Questions are often raised as to whether America acted morally when proceeding with the Japanese Internment. Given what the Japanese experienced during this time America can be portrayed as completely being in the wrong. From the condition of the relocation centers, which seemed to be similar to concentration camps, to the treatment of the military upon the Japanese one would say that America had no right. This implemented Internment period left major effects on the innocent people who had to practically give up their lives as shown in Japanese American Internment and the Problem of Cultural Identity “By August 1942, the Japanese Americans had all been moved out of their homes to assembly centers…” (Bizzell and Herzberg 614). The Japanese families had to get up and leave everything they had behind except a few essentials they would need in the camp. Not only that, but families were broken up when most fathers and all males were separated from their wives and children to be questioned “Families were divided
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as fathers who held supposedly suspicious positions, such as the heads of community organizations, were interned separately and interrogated by the army; some returned later to their families.” (Bizzell and Herzberg 614) To tear apart a family even for a short time period is just not acceptable. This form of action that was taken by the United States proved to be extreme because of the effects the internment had on the internees and even the survivors. Major effects included “… the stigma placed on people who fell under the exclusion and relocation orders; the deprivation of liberty suffered during detention; the psychological impact of exclusion and relocation; the breakdown of family structure; the loss of earnings or profits; physical injury and illness during detention” (U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians 670) When it
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENG 201 taught by Professor Recny during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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Eng 201- Asgnt 3(Final draft) - Chantel Wynter ENG 201...

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