I came to resent the implication that I was not as good as a non-Japanese...My parents suffered the greatest loss in the camp experience. I experienced personal loss because of the disruption of home and family life, the deterioration of my father's physical and mental health, and all the bitterness, shame, anger, and hate my camp experience caused me."
December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." Two months later, Japanese Americans witnessed a violation of their rights as never witnessed before in American history. Japanese American citizens were forced to leave their homes to live in camps in other parts of the United States. These American citizens were like any other. In fact, many were U.S. Military World War I veterans. Japanese American internment was a violation of their rights due to the fact they had to face unjust economic stress, harsh and strict conditions within the internment camps, and severe cultural, racial, and socio-economical bias.
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Source: "'A Date Which Will Live in Infamy'" National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 16 Mar. 2014. <http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/day-of-infamy/>.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, there was widespread paranoia against all Japanese Americans. As seen, Japanese Americans faced much discrimination even before they were authorized to be sent into internment camps.
Source: Madison Public Schools: Mr. Alberino: Internment Camp Webquest. Digital image. Madison Public Schools: Mr. Alberino: Internment Camp Webquest. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. <http://www.madison.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=10058>.