Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Shunning of Japanese in the 1950s

Nowadays children learn in school about the rounding up of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and the confining of them into ten detention camps throughout the Western states.  

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s know that this injustice was very rarely mentioned, if at all, in our schools.

Our Japanese friends did not talk about this, nor did their parents.  

In fact, many Japanese Americans were shunned when they returned to their communities.

Here is the story my friend Diane tells:

The Japanese internment did not actually end at the end of WWII.We lived at the end of a dead end street in southern California.  Across the street from us was a Japanese family that had been in an internment camp.  
The man was a gardener by trade and his front lawn was gorgeous and very well tended.  It was a compendium of plants and flowers and bushes.They totally kept to themselves...   So to me their internment continued.  The women on our block had a "club".  That's what it was called!  Mom would go to the club meeting once a month.  Each woman in the club hosted a meeting when her turn came around.  I wonder if the Japanese woman was invited.   It seems like it was another internment to me.I continue to feel so bad about that...  

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