Not What One Would Call A Home
Living Areas In Japanese Interment Camps
Penny for My Thoughts?
The photo above depicts a Japanese internment camp of 1941. It shows the filthy and unkempt areas where the Japanese stayed for the years of WWII during which they were falsely convicted of spying for the Japanese government.
- This picture was taken in a japanese internment camp during the first few years of the war, showing how the camps are unkempt to a degree of complete disgust.
- The houses are horse stables, not meant for humans to live in.
- The purpose of this picture is to show the public crowd how horrible the camps look from the inside. Dont judge a book by its cover.
- It seems to be nothing but the same old shambled barracks for miles.
- The photo also resembles the racism and discriminatory actions that were enforced onto the innocent Japanese societies here in America.
The Internal Conflict
Since then, many people have taken it to writing to show us their experiences. In the short non fiction novel When The Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka, has written about her family's experiences in the internment camps. She writes and emphasizes an internal conflict with the woman, the girl, and the boy in the camps. The image at the top of this flyer shows that conflict to a very close and similar degree. As you read, she writes, "She no longer read the paper or listened to the bulletins on the radio."Tell me when it is over," she said".
What I take away from this photo and novel, is that specific people were deranged. Those specific people, were the Americans. They put them into these camps for absurd reasons. The Japanese were innocent and this scarred them for life.