The Truth Unveiled
Japanese Internment Camps
The Propaganda Begins
This barber shop below was likely shown in many newspapers and magazines to illustrate the similiarity between the internment camps and the outside world. The ladies are smiling as if they were happy to be working there, however, all of them wished they were not in the camp because they were restricted and their life was very difficult due to low paying jobs, poor quality food and little of it, and many more day-to-day issues. Pictures like these were posted and shown to American citizens to make them feel satisfied about the government's decision to detain the Japanese-Americans even though this picture falsly expresses the emotions of these people because none of them were truly happy. It is very likely this picture was taken by the government because the picture was in color which cost much more money but was used to portray a better, more cheerful place.
So Much For Learning
The boys' emotions are illustrated here in their facial expression. Nobody here was smiling, they were all dirty and sitting on a poorly maintained wood floor. This is a perfect representation of how life was like for all Japanese-Americans of all ages even though it was portrayed to the outside world as being helpful to the war effort and harmless to these human beings. If this picture was shown to every American, they would begin to understand the truth behind internment camps and many would stop this tragedy from continuing.
This family of four sadly had to endure this terrible incident in which they were persecuted solely because of their ancestry. This picture was likely not shown to many citizens around the U.S. because it is very unsettling to anyone that observes, however, this also illustrates a difference between Americans and Japanese-Americans. A difference in lifestyle and looks made Japanese-Americans appear like totally different people compared to other citizens of the United States. Differences have created discrimination world wide and this is just another example. Signs and graffiti were put up by Americans to show superiority between them and the Japanese. This tactic lowered the self esteem of all Japanese and highlighted their differences thus creating thousands of social outcasts.
Just A Casual Day At School
At this Japanese church, many families were together to attend a ceremony similar to the rest of the citizens on Sunday morning. The government and society in general abused Japanese-Americans and made them feel isolated with no one on their side because they were different. However, the reality is that there were few differences between the social outcasts and the rest of society but nobody would admit this because they were the enemy and looked different than everybody else.