Japanese Internment Camps

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Japanese Internment Camps

Housing conditions for Japanese Americans in internment camps were very different from the average home. Japanese were housed in barracks; sometimes entire families live in one room cells. Internment camps were sometimes located in remote areas where weather conditions weren’t always favorable, such as Manzanar and Tulelake in California. Japanese also had to use communal areas for washing, laundry, and eating. Mine Okubo describes the conditions of the camps, “The camps represented a prison: no freedom, no privacy, no ‘America’” Internment camps were also guarded by US military personnel, and a barb wire perimeter.

Work and Daily Activities

The work and daily activities of Japanese Americans in internment camps was attempted to copy the Japanese normal ways of life. The camps had school, medical care, camp newspapers, and sometimes musical entertainment. Also, internees were paid by the government to do work in the camps, $13, $16, or $19 per month depending on the amount of work done. Unfortunately, some internees died from inadequate medical care or the high level of emotional stress. Even though camps tried to portray Japanese's average lifestyle, Japanese were only allowed to bring few possessions from home. The daily activities in the internment camps were far from what the Japanese would have experienced in their own homes.

Japanese Internment Camps

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