American Born Japanese

  • Alien Land Laws

    Alien Land Laws
    Washington passes law preventing aliens from leasing land. "This same statute furthermore stipulated that no person shall hold title for an any way, shape, or form." This law was a clear sign of the bad sediment people had towards Japanese Americans since these laws weren't banned until 1952 in Sei Fuji v. California. This was only two years before Kabuo's trial.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    The Attack on Pearl Harbor sent shockwaves throughout America. "Georgia Yamashita's mother told the people gathered there the news about Pearl Harbor. 'It's very bad. A bombing raid. The Japanese air force has bombed everything. It is bad for us...Everything (on the radio) is Pearl Harbor.'" This event brought America's hatred of the Japanese to an all time high. It also led to the US taking any and all ethnically Japanese people as a serious threat to America.
  • Declaration of War on Japan

    Declaration of War on Japan
    Shortly after the attack, the US formally declared war on Japan. "San Piedro Island this Monday morning, December 8, 1941... That nation (Japan) has committed itself to a war against us and has earned our swift and sure action." Three days later, the US would declare war on Germany and Italy. Despite this, Japanese Americans by far faced the most discrimination since Japan invaded US lands (Hawaii and Philippines) unlike Germany or Italy.
  • American Propaganda of Japanese

    American Propaganda of Japanese
    Soon after the Declaration of War, propaganda of the Japanese was rampant in America in a call to neutralize the threat. "I find myself thinking about it whenever I look at Miyamoto sitting there staring straight ahead. They could have used his face for one of their propaganda films--he's that inscrutable." This is the type of propaganda of Japanese people brings a sense of fear of Japan and absolute trust in a US gov't that takes the most radical measures to neutralize this threat.
  • Japanese Internment

    Japanese Internment
    During the time of great fear that America found itself in during WWII, President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order that put thousands of Japanese-Americans in internment camps. "In the evening the Imadas were assigned to Block 11, Barrack 4." This is would end up being a regrettable time of unjust treatment of Japanese Americans who would come out of these camps with almost all of their property confiscated or stolen.