TIL the US incarcerated over 120 000 Japanese living in the US during WW2. They were relocated in to concentration camps until the war ended. Two thirds of them were American citizens.

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  1. If you ever find yourself in Utah, I recommend making the trip to Delta, UT to visit the museum dedicated to the Topaz internment camp. It’s a small but powerful museum. Well worth the drive (about 2 and half hours from downtown Salt Lake).

  2. I don’t know how familiar you are with Star Trek (notably the original series), but George Takei, the actor who plays Hikaru Sulu, was forced into an internment camp with his family when he was a child. He’s vocal about the experience.

    I’m sorry to admit that while I knew about internment camps, I thought they were all on the West Coast. Nope. Mr. Takei and his family got a very poor introduction to my home state of Arkansas. I can tell you that I sure don’t recall learning in school that my state had two internment camps. 🤦‍♀️ I was shocked when I learned about them a handful of years ago. And I learned about them from Mr. Takei.

    Edit: Maybe the two camps in Arkansas were mentioned in my US history courses, but not enough that it got stamped into my memory like other things like the Teapot Dome Scandal. But their presence sure is now.

  3. Sincerely asking – did you not learn about internment camps in school? Or do you not live in the United States? Either way, this is very common knowledge and one of the most shameful moments in this country’s history.

  4. It’s a stain on the U.S. and it should never be forgotten so that it will never be repeated. There is a lot of bad history unfortunately (in multiple different countries) across the globe and I think its an incredibly important thing to make sure the youth of this world don’t grow up without knowing these sins, so hopefully, these events will only remain in the history books.

  5. Yeah this is not generally taught in European schools. No wonder since the US was an ally against Germany during WWII.

    There’s Tanforan near where I live now in CA. These citizens possessions and land were also confiscated and I believe they were not returned.

  6. Nothing like Anderson or Auschwitz really. The US was very much intimidated by the Japanese and feared domestic attacks after Pearl Harbor. Many served in the military too.

  7. Definitely one of the worst violations of civil rights in US history. Canada, Mexico, Brazil, most of Central and South America did the same. Two notable exceptions are Argentina and Chile as they were still friendly with the Axis powers.
    The US offered to intern Japanese deemed dangerous for smaller countries, to which Peru tried to get rid of all Japanese. Many Japanese Peruvians remained in internment camps until 1947 when the US gave them citizenship as Peru would not take them back and they had no ties to Japan.

  8. Weirdly enough there were also US based camps for Nazi prisoners of war. However, these prisoners were treated better than Japanese Americans. The US claimed officially that according to the Geneva conventions you had to treat your POWs with respect and fairness, but you can treat your own citizens however the hell you want.

    I couldn’t find the podcast I first learned about this on, but here’s an article I found about it


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