Then Came The War Analysis

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The reading “Then Came the War” by Yuri Kochiyama written in 1991 is about the conditions in the detention camps. Kochiyama begins her story by explaining that in 1941, she was just like any other normal nineteen year old. She had just completed her junior year in college and was looking for a job. Suddenly Pearl Harbor was bombed and her life was flipped upside down. First, her father was taken to prison. Then her brother enlisted in the American army. After that, Kochiyama and her family were moved to a detention center with other Japanese families in 1942. They were sent to an assembly center in Arcadia, California where they lived in horse stables for some time. After that, Kochiyama and her family were moved to Jerome, Arkansas. Kochiyama was finally released in 1945, were she was sent back home to work. In this passage, Kochiyama expresses her disbelief that all of this was actually happening here in…show more content…
Michiko explains that back in 1945, she was just like any other normal teenager in her hometown of Hiroshima. She was in high school and was working as an operator at the telephone exchange. Michiko experienced first hand effects of the bombing near the hypocenter. She said that when the bomb hit she did not hear it, but that she did feel colors. Michiko was severely burned, so bad that she was unrecognizable. From that day on her life was never the same. The reading “United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Summary Report (Pacific War) (July 1, 1946)” was about the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The report was about affects of the bomb and the dynamics of the bomb. It includes that the Japanese would have to surrender to the United States of America. It also states that the bomb was really unnecessary because all that it did was ruin numerous
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