The online exhibit of A More Perfect Union was very informative. The information discussed in each topic area ranging from immigration, removal, the internment process, and loyalty of the Japanese Americans told the story from beginning to end. I have never actually been to the exhibit at the Smithsonian, but the online exhibit gave me the sense that I was viewing the actual thing. I could imagine viewing the pictures, the scenes set up and reading each individual story. The exhibit was profound and moving. It provided much of the same information I have received in my Japanese American Case Study course. The material was provided in a very clear cut way so that individuals from all ages could understand the material. It allowed people who knew nothing about the story to get a good recapturing of the event as if they were back in that same place and time period. The personal account stories included in the slides were very good because you had a view into each individualís struggle. You could hear the emotions in their voices and the despair that many circumstances caused them. There were a few things about the website that I would change. When I first went to the website, it took me a little over two hours to read through everything. I personally felt as though it was very time consuming. All of the information given was pertinent to the exhibit. Although, I thought that it would have been helpful if there was an automated voice that read the material on each slide of the page. I think that would make viewing the exhibit more effectual. An automated voice would allow viewers the ability to listen to the narrator as well as pay attention to the pictures and artwork. Another suggestion I had was to enlarge the script and pictures. The area used to display all of the reading material and pictures are set in the middle of the web page and are relatively small. If it was larger it would be easier to read along with the script as the narrator read the information and viewers would be able to view the fine detail of the pictures and artwork. The last suggestion I had was to change the music on the website. I thought it might be creative to include music that was played from the internment camps and songs they sang. This would also personalize the experience of the viewers. It would allow them to relate to the music that influenced their life. Through a lot of the artwork you can relate to the personal experiences of the internees. I think using this music as background would give the same effect.
The website is well organized and very informative. However, I do suggest that you include information leading to Roosevelt's decision for evacuation of the Japanese. By doing so may explain further how unjustified this event was. Overall, this website is very usefull for quick references on such topic.
I think that even The American President at that time; which one was one of the good President of the United States during the great depresssion have been made a mistake; and that means to get a wake-up call that nobody is infalible. But is essential that errors like this do not happen any more; not only because our race or belief; Just because we are human beings and all people in the world should live in peace.
It was wrong, wrong, wrong. It defies the very meaning of the word "American".
It ignores our motto "Innocent until proven guilty". Someone wrote earlier on this board the the U.S. was "justified" in what they did to the Japanese. I've heard of that kind of thinking before in history: Egyptian slave owners, American slave owners, Nazi's. Imprisonment of the innocent because of fear or "racial profiling" is NEVER justified. If anything I feel that the U.S. owes an awful lot of money to the decendants if there have not been reparations.
The internment was a fully justified event. You have those people that believe the U.S. was wrong to use racial profiling. Because the U.S. did what it did thousands of americans and japanese had their lives saved. If the U.S. did racial profiling with the investagations involving 9/11 the twin towers would still be standing.