- What was your impression of the video A Family Gathering?
In my opinion, American Experience: A family Gathering is wonderful documentary based on three generations of a Japanese American family (Yasui 3: 13). After the Yasui family settles in Oregon, the neighbors recognize them as respectable figures in the community. However, they were later sent to internment camps after the community members deemed that they were potentially dangerous aliens.
- Do you think Lise Yasui effectively interweaves personal family history with the broader history of the Japanese American internment in her film?
Yes, I deem that Lise Yasui interweaves the history of the family with the internment of Japanese American. The director further explores the imprisonment of the family members in the internment camps during the Second World War (Yasui 2: 14). Similarly, the United States government forced the Japanese Americans to evacuate their homes and seek for refuge in the internment camps.
- In what specific ways do you think the internment violated the rights of Japanese Americans during WWII?
The United States government violated the rights of the Japanese Americans in various ways. For instance, the internment resulted in racial segregation against the Japanese Americans. Additionally, the American government denied the Japanese Americans the freedom of speech (Nishihara 44). In fact, English was the sole language for use during meetings, while the government prohibited the use of Japanese language. Furthermore, the Japanese Americans lacked a legal representative and, thus, could not access a fair trial as compared to the Americans.
- Why were some Japanese Americans in Oregon given the option to relocate to Eastern Oregon instead of being imprisoned internment camps?
During the Second World War, the American government gave a half of the Japanese Americans an option to relocate to Eastern Oregon to avoid overcrowding in the internment camps.
- Were you surprised to find out that two-thirds of the people of Japanese descent sent to internment camps were American citizens?
Yes, I was surprised to realize that two thirds of the people living in the internment camps were American because I thought that the American government imprisoned only the Japanese.
- Do you think there are safeguards in the current American system to prevent something similar to the Japanese American internment from occurring today?
No, I resonate that the American government has not put enough safeguards to prevent an occurrence similar to the Japanese American imprisonment (Daniels 56). In fact, President Trump has denied the movement of people from Arab countries to America.
- How would you compare the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII and Muslims/Arabs of America today in the War on Terrorism?
I would compare the experiences of the Japanese Americans during the Second World War to the experiences of Arabs in the war against terrorism. Currently, the American government discriminates against Arabs and denies them a chance to immigrate to the country.
- Compare and contrast the experiences of Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants in America.
Asian/Pacific Islander is a racial group in the United States. The United States government discriminated against the Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants. The Asians were a large groups and faced more intense segregation as compared to the Pacific Islander.