It is so amazing to me how Japanese Americans upheld, and still do to this day, a sense of belief in the US Consititution. Their will and strength as a culture and as a presence in the world reminds us all how important it is to respect one another...not tolerate. Tolerate is putting up with and the treatment of the Japanese in the Internment camps will not and should not ever have been tolerated by any American of any race, creed, or color. I hope that in viewing this and listening to the stories of this tragedy we will look at what is happening in the present state of the US and not forget for even a moment that we are all here in this country for one reason and one reason only. The right to be free and not to be judged. Thank you Smithsonian for this unique look at our history which will affect me deeply for all years to come.
The website is really impressive and informative. Alot of my cronies are Japanese Americans and I will definitely refer them as well as all my other friends to this site for a quick refresher on one of the darker moments in american history.
What Brad said is right. When people get hysterical, they look to place blame. And blaming an ethnic group based on their culture and appearances for something where they were just as much of a victim as any other American is wrong.
This website is so powerful in the wake of September 11. The question: "could this happen again" is being answered in our own time. Racial profiling and ethnic targeting is a frightening reality that we are looking back on. These things are not only in our past. A sorrowful and insightful passage into the horrors of xenophobia and racism.
6th Grade Student From Ohio
We are learning about Japanese Internment in school. It was really hard to find information on the Japanese Internment.
There are lots of websites but not much books. I think the americans sort of don't want to confess that what we did was wrong. I think we really learned something from the event because when the Afaghans attacked us on Sep. 11, we didn't put all people from Afaghanistan in shelters surrounded by barbed wires. Maybe that is why we learn history: to learn the mistakes that was made before and to not make the same mistake again.