Camping Trip?


When the rest of the Europe was in bombing, the United States was supplying everything for the Allied Forces. It was 7 December 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, which led United States to enter the World War II as part of the Allied forces. On Feb. 19, 1942, soon after the beginning of World War II, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 On The evacuation order commenced the round-up of 120,000 Americans of Japanese heritage to one of 10 internment camps—officially called “relocation centers”—in California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas. When the United State decided to take all Japanese Americans and put them in interment camps, people were taken away from the places, things and people that they loved in life. This is perfect example of forever foreigner, xenophobia. The term forever foreigner is making assumptions that an ethnic minority individual is not a U.S. Citizen. If they were considered U.S. citizens why did the U.S. set up internment camps for them? Most of the Japanese Americans they took were U.S. citizens by birth or by naturalization. The term xenophobia is a fear and hatred of foreigner. At the time of the crisis U.S. and the Allied forces showed high level of xenophobia towards the Japanese Empire. Today, with the high warning signs and crisis on the nuclear attacks of North Korea, the world is at its silence and is in the process and preparation for further output. As a Korean descent, I am worried about what would happen to South Korea. Having family and relatives there, I am sure this inbound nuclear attacks may have a definite effect. As for me, a Korean American living in the U.S, if something comes up and a war sparks leading to a World War III, I am worried all of the Korean Americans may be sent to relocation centers just like what happened to the Japanese Americans. Although we are not North Koreans, I am pretty sure the intelligence of United States cannot trust any but to accuse most as North Korean spies and can not allow any further issues being mounted. Many would be used for interpreters overseas or in the States, however, it is certain that Korean Americans will be looked down upon and will be hated from the white folks. If and when the war sparks between North Korea and South Korea with the involvement of United Nations, the Korean Americans in the States may be sent to camps. However, I also think that the U.S. would be using as much as Korean Americans as possible for the aid of the War.


One thought on “Camping Trip?

  1. You provide a good consideration of how history repeats itself through controlling images like yellow peril. Some ways you might expand this to media issues is to consider how the representations in the media about North Korea continue to reinforce the yellow peril in ways that are problematic for the larger APA community.

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