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How does Japanese internment during WWII influence Ichiro's decision about the US Army?

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Ichiro's resentment towards the US in general stems from the inexplicable and despicable way that the government decided to treat the Japanese citizens in the country during WWII.  He sees the way that some of his friends have been hurt by the war as well as those who have in some ways benefitted from it.  The conflict within him grows as he feels that he wants to become American, but still feels that joining the military would not have been appropriate given the way he and his family were treated.

So the decision not to join the army was made almost entirely because of the internment of Japanese citizens but it continued to eat at Ichiro and the conflict within him throughout the story as he tries to figure out if he can become "American" or not.

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