Did other actions of the Japanese community offset the negative actions of the government in this issue in service to their country? How did the community survive this crisis?
By the time the Japanese showed loyalty to the government by voluntarily joining the internment camps and they started assisting the American in the war that is when they started closing the internment camps. In addition, the cooperation Japanese American showed during the war also balanced the situation. They were seen as collaborators of the American government rather than Japan spies during the war. This led to the closure of the internment camps. They also assisted in feeding the troops through making canned food, making parachutes and they were paid peanuts. Others even before the detention camps had already joined the army voluntarily. Over 33, 000 Nisei soldiers had already joined the army and they served the ww2 (The Huntington library, art collection and botanical gardens 12-13).
By then the American started realizing the importance of Japanese American and the unfair treatment they underwent in their camps just because of racism, unfair judgment and treatment. They started pushing the government to close the isolation camps and though it was too late they had undergone suffering and lost their rights as American citizens. This later led to the closure of the incarceration camps.
- In your view, what type of actions should the U.S. government have taken?
The US government should have never confined the Japanese American in incarceration camps is it was an act that proved they never valued human life. Well, the act of racism, prejudice and stereotype mainly contributed to the much hatred between the American natives and the Japanese American thus the government ought to have used fair means of dealing with such vices.
Second, deal with those who were spreading propaganda including the media as they accelerated the course. Also as earlier the same situation had occurred with the Chinese, the constitution was to be amended to uphold the rights, fair representation and judgment of people who were referred to as “alien”
Finally form a commission of healing and reconciliation with the main aim of bringing together all the people and start the process of healing after the closure of the incarceration camps. Also those who were involved in the false prosecutions were to be brought to book for justice to prevail.