What is the general Caucasian resonse to the Japanese after Pearl Harbor is bombed?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The dislike and fear of the Japanese seemed to permeate throughout America and its legislation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The forcible relocation of Japanese in America and Japanese- Americans was motivated by paranoia and a desire to assert strength after the Pearl Harbor attacks.  Reclassification and releasing Japanese servicemen and women, as well as limiting Japanese American citizens' rights became commonplace reactions.  Increasing centralized government control and authority over individuals of Japanese descent also became a common reaction, such as "random" searches and seizures of Japanese property, and denying Japanese individuals their basic entitlements under the Fifth and Sixth amendments.  These actions helped to underscore the overall response of fear and disdain towards the Japanese.  As the nation marched towards providing freedom from Hitler and fascism, it practiced something quite diferent towards Japanese citizens in America.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The general response to Japanese and Japanese Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack is one of distrust.

In the book, we see this most clearly in the actions of the FBI.  They arrest people without any real evidence that the people had actually done anything wrong.  They suspect all the Japanese because they have radio antennas on their roofs to talk to the fishing boats.

The general population does not really care if Japanese are guilty or not.  They are suspicious of all of them and are for the most part happy to see them go.

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