3 comments on “Japanese immigration in USA before WWII

  1. Actually anti-immigration sentiment flared up after WW I. This targeted Asians but on the east coast it also targeted E. and S. Europeans. For example, Italians were singled out for their political affiliations (socialist, anarchist) as well as their different culture and language. The treatment later of Japanese Americans in WW II is horrendous, a true national disgrace. However, because immigration was limited between the wars–targetting Asians and non-Protestant Europeans–Japanese did not comprise a very large immigrant group. Moreover, the Japanese who were in the US tended to be concentrated in areas on the west coast (making it all the easier to round them up).

    Roosevelt was a racist imperialist. There isn’t much to be said for his policies or his self-serving propaganda.

  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_American_internment#War_relocation_centers

    War relocation centers

    A distinction must be made between:

    * Italian Americans designated “enemy aliens” (non-U.S. citizens) as defined by Title 50 of the United States Code[4]
    * Italian Americans who were evacuated and interned under the War Relocation Authority. This authority was based on Executive Order 9066 (issued February 19, 1942) and Executive Order 9102 (issued March 18, 1942). These orders authorized the “removal from designated areas of persons whose removal is necessary in the interests of national security.”[5] That authority did not distinguish between native-born Americans and citizens of other nations living in the United States; the orders simply said “persons.” This was the same basis upon which Japanese Americans were interned, an effort much larger in scale than Italian American internment. Indeed, both foreign-born and native-born Japanese Americans and both citizens and non-citizens were interned, though the majority (about 60 percent) were in fact native-born U.S. citizens.[6][7][8] Italian Americans interned under the War Relocation Authority were not arrested under the Enemy Alien Act, but were simply “persons” removed under the War Relocation Authority.

    Generally speaking, that was not the case with members of the Italian community.[citation needed] Although there were anomalous cases of U.S. native-born Italian Americans being caught in the round-up, the others had been born in Italy and were still Italian citizens, even if many of them had resided in the U.S. for decades.

    Di Stasi[9] cites a number of such cases of mistreatment and internment of “Italian Americans,” although he apparently defines “Italian American” as anyone within the Italian community, native-born U.S. citizens or Italian-born non-U.S. citizens.

  3. “Roosevelt was a racist imperialist. There isn’t much to be said for his policies or his self-serving propaganda.”
    Well, I do not think Japanese treated foreigners well during the war. One of the reasons for that was they were desperate by themselves. More importantly, Japanese themselves were trained to kill themselves before capture partly because they did not want to go through the pain they were inflicting their PAWs. Most the soldiers may have acted properly but many did not follow the Geneva convention. Japan was relatively new to international wars so they did not learn how to behave in more humane way back then.

    In the all the wars, no nation is really innocent.

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