Author Neva Bodin has written a powerful post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors about the relocation of Japanese-American citizens and how they were wrongfully treated by the very country they had made their home.
Termed relocation, some who were relocated felt it was prison, others went along with the plan, not wanting to appear traitors to their newly adopted country, and even serving in the military. The year was 1942, about six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. All Japanese in America were suspect.
Recently my husband and I toured the Heart Mountain Japanese Internment camp near Cody, Wyoming. What a lesson in human resilience. And prejudice. And attitude.
Families from California and Oregon “Assembly Centers”—where Japanese were collected into groups after being forced to leave their businesses and homes by Executive Order 9066—began arriving at hastily constructed barracks in August of 1942, near the Heart Mountain. It was a rather remote place, but near a railroad spur so people and supplies could be shipped there quite easily. Over 10,000 of the relocated…
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