Japanese Internment In Canada

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In the January following the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, White-Canadians residing in British Columbia including government officials and prominent businesses were suspicious of Japanese-Canadians living on the coasts of British Columbia. White-Canadian residents of British Columbia called for the internment of the Japanese-Canadians. Starting in January over a nine month period 22, 000 Japanese-Canadians were taken from their homes and sent to the interior, to live in the internment camps. By October 1942, the Canadian government had set up roughly 8 internment camps in Interior British Columbia. Many people today question if the internment of Japanese-Canadians was a justifiable decision. Throughout this essay I will be arguing that there was in fact no justifiable factor in the decision of the internment of the Japanese-Canadians by the Canadian government during World War II. I will try to help you understand why I think this way for three reasons: they were judged solely on their racial ancestry, no known proof of disloyalty by them any time during the war, and given the reason that it was done for their safety, why were they mistreated? Discrimination against people of Japanese decent in British Columbia began way before the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Before the attack there were many anti- Japanese demonstrations, and the…show more content…
I am one of many who believe that the Japanese Internment Camps in Canada were not a justifiable decision due to the hatred showed by White-Canadians towards the Japanese- Canadians before the war and they just used it as an excuse to get rid of them, without any real reason to spark suspicion, or drive them
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