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Park1 Janie Park ASA 01 Catherine Fung Janet Kim 8 Mar 2009 Effects of Pearl Harbor on Japanese Americans and how it transformed the Ways They Were Viewed As early as the 1880’s, Japanese laborers have worked in the United States arriving from regions such as Hawaii through sugar plantations. As mainly single, young men would venture into the United States in search of jobs; this was a stepping stone in regards with the formation of Japanese communities all over the world. Furthermore, the bombing of Pearl Harbor marked a point in history when the views and attitude towards Japanese Americans would significantly change. An unannounced military strike conducted by the Japanese navy against the United States’ naval base at Pearl Harbor, this attack resulted with the United States’ entry into World War II. Although thousands of lives were lost during this unfortunate event, this day also marked a day when thousands of Japanese American lives would never be the same. Treatment towards Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor heavily affected the ways Japanese Americans citizens were viewed in that it provided another reason for hatred towards Asian Americans. Asian Americans have experienced racism since the start of their existence in the United States and Pearl Harbor only heightened prejudice feelings towards Japanese Americans. The event at Pearl Harbor significantly altered the status of Japanese Americans and the ways they were viewed in
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Park2 that their lives, economically and socially, would severely be affected as they were stripped of their rights as American citizens. Like most of the American population, Japanese immigrants came to the United States in search of a better life. As American settlers established sugar plantations in Hawaii, Japanese laborers worked ten-hour work days under extremely harsh conditions while earning a wage of a little over four dollars a month. Whether it was to settle and start a family or find a job and send wages back to Japan, the prospect of a better and more fulfilling life gave Japanese immigrants the initiative to enter a foreign land where their
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