California is expected to formally apologize for Japanese Internment Camp during WWII with the HR-77 bill. The infamous Executive Order 9066 forcefully expelled 120,000 Japanese Immigrants to the Manzanar Internment Camp in California, among others in remote places. The would-be human rights crisis in today’s standards was fueled by American patriotism, despite America also being home to the afflicted immigrants of Japanese descents.
But justice for the Japanese American was stripped away long before Roosevolt issued his executive order. Even before the Pearl Harbour attack in 1941, the California government had policies targeting Americans with Japanese ancestry. Regardless of the rampant racism, nevertheless, the Japanese Americans proved themselves as heroes with their outstanding service in the War.
by: Chenyang Lai, Zona Liao, Ophelia Dong