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Unformatted text preview: Florin Hoxha American Studies 201 The Japanese-American Experience Julie Otsuka’s novel “When the Emperor Was Divine”, provides a family’s account of the Japanese-American internment and estrangement in World War II America. Through the eyes of the mother, the daughter, the son, and the father, Otsuka paints a powerful image that represents the discrimination and imprisonment of the Japanese-Americans as a whole in this dark period of American History. By using dreams and memories, she explores the inner lives of the family’s and community’s inter- and intra- relationships. Her skillful use of symbolism and imagery makes this compelling piece a influential statement against the inhumane and unjust treatment of the Japanese- American community. The first section is told through the mother. The government “Evacuation Order No. 19” (Otsuka 3) lawfully permits the enmity toward the Japanese-American. The racial discrimination is harshly implied by the document; it is an order for the internment of all people with Japanese origins in the United States. Even if one was only a sixteenth Japanese by blood, they were considered as “alien enemy” (10). This document fuels the Japanese by blood, they were considered as “alien enemy” (10)....
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2010 for the course AMST 201 taught by Professor Kazumihasegawa during the Summer '10 term at Emory.
- Summer '10