Give similarities and differences on the treatment of Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Canadians by their countries during World War II.

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Both Canada and the United States reacted in a similarly harsh and short-sighted manner when dealing with their citizens of Japanese origin. In the U. S., different states took different actions: On the West Coast, all Japanese-Americans were interned, while in other parts of the country, measures were less strict. Many of the Japanese-Americans met with financial hardships and loss of personal possessions, but not to the extent of Japanese-Canadians. In Canada, all Japanese-Canadians in the coastal provinces were interned and subjected to a series of lies and broken promises. Told that they were being sent to "shelters," they soon found that they were actually prison camps. Additionally, the Canadian government promised the internees that they would receive their possessions and lands back; instead, the Canadian government seized the lands and sold them off. When finally released after the Japanese surrender, the internees were given the choice of moving to eastern Canada or being sent back to Japan. Most chose to relocate to the Toronto area where they were reduced to laborers. Partial financial reparations were eventually made, but they did not include compensation

... for wrong-doing in terms of civil rights, damages due to loss of earnings, disruption of education or other issues.


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