Treatment of the Japanese Canadians
During the 1930’s and 1940’s the Japanese Canadians were treated with prejudice and racism. Before the war, Japanese Canadians were successful business owners operating prosperous fishing and farming enterprises. They created hardworking and stable communities. They were known for having the lowest crime rates. Japanese Canadians neighbours became jealous and resentful and viewed them as inferior “foreigners”. Some Japanese families were harassed by the Royal Canadian Mountain Police. The RCMP had shot their pets or livestock. Japanese Canadians were not wanted. Racism and jealously were the reasons why Japanese were hated so much. White-collar jobs were not open to them and most Japanese Canadians were reduced to “wage earners”. After the war, some Japanese Canadian families were divided and 4000 were deported back to Japan, which had been destroyed by bombs and was now hunger-stricken due to war. The Canadian army and the RCMP said that Japanese Canadians were not a threat to national security. The Canadian Government however saw the Japanese as a potential threat to the nation and thought they would form a “fifth column”. The Canadian Government seized 120 fishing boats belonging to Japanese Canadians.
As a result, this is something Canadians have to live with for the rest of their lives. It is stored in the books of Canadian history and had stained Canadian history. Canada had lost moral authority and could not influence other countries for when they did something wrong regarding moral authority. Japanese Canadians felt like outsiders they were not welcomed as a result they were very angry and had no human rights during this time. There was compensation to Japanese. This resulted in the government raising taxes and people paying more money out of their own pockets. In conclusion, this is something Canadians are not proud of. Canadians were jealous of Japanese people and so they treated Japanese with prejudice,...
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