I found this website very informative and it was presented in a clear and understandable manner. The website was easy to navigate through and it had a good mix of text and visuals. The one thing I would have liked to see is a section of 'terminology'. I'm sure some people wouldn't start from the begining so when they run across words like Nisei, Issei.... they could go to the 'terminology' section to get a clear understand of these and other words. I also thought it would be beneficial to add a section on how within the camps people became separated. Either by different genereational views between the Nisei and Issei, or by writing 'yes-yes' or 'no-no' to the questionaire. Over all this is a really wonderful website full of information. If people never get a chance to go to the National Museum of American History, to see 'A More Perfect Union', this website gives a wealth of information that makes it feel like you are there . Hopefully this website will be used in the class room to inform people of a time in American history that very few know about. GREAT JOB!!!
The introduction to SERVICE seems to paint an inaccurate picture of post war life to me. It says that Japanese Americans' combat record aided in post war acceptance and helped many people see that harm and injustices that Japanese Americans faced. Until approximately 60 years later, only one Japanese American had received the Medal of Honor because the system of awarding them was racist, and though Japanese American soldiers accrued many other honors, they were not celebrated the way they deserved to be. Also, there was much racism and resentment after the war toward Japanese Americans. This segment does not illustrate that (to my liking, anyway). I do realize that these issues are addressed later in the section, but I'd like a less ambiguous introduction.
I was unaware that over 200 men of Japanese ancestry were convicted of draft evasion. It seems ludicrous that a country that refuses to grant the rights of citizenship to its citizens can also draft such people into the military.
What a backwards world we live in...Truman attempted vindication when he pardoned all Japanese Americans that resisted the draft, but doesn't that seem a day late and a dollar short? Sorry to use such a cliché phrase.
This website contains a wealth of information unparalleled by any other website I have found on the Japanese American Internment. Not only does it give a significant amount of background information about the possible reasons (other than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) for the internment, but also meaningful biographical statements that help give a well-rounded picture of what really happened from 1942-45. However, it seems that while
focusing on Japanese Americans' successes in the early 20th century, the writing in the website could potentially play into stereotypes of the "Model minority." What of the less successful Japanese Americans? Weren't they just was important as the successful ones?
WHAT AN AMAZING WEBSITE!