Asian Americans and African Americans By: Betty Gee and Trina Yu

Slogan: Spies V.S. Fighters

Japanese Americans : How were they treated and how did they respond to such treatment?

Japanese Americans were treated like spies and spies who did not deserve to be part of the United States, but they still resisted throughout WW2. Most of the Japanese Americans that lived in the U.S. were relocated into internment camps in the 1940s. Many Japanese Americans volunteered for the army to prove their loyalty to the United States.

Japanese Americans: Did they contribute anything to the cause of WW2?

Many Japanese Americans trained as interpreters and translators during the war. They used their home language, Japanese to intercept radio messages and even translated it as well as many documents.


African Americans: How were they treated and how did they respond to such treatment?

African Americans were exploited and segregated from everybody else. During the war time, African Americans showed their courage throughout the war and their ability to handle weapons on land, sea, or in the air. Many African Americans resisted the discrimination in the army and ignored it, but also trying to gain their rights back and show their support in the war.

African Americans: Did they contribute anything to the cause of WW2?

African Americans were in fact the majority of the army. Many African Americans served in combats and support units in every branch of the military. During the war, there was about 56 black nurses and 167,000 African American men served in the Air Forces.

About 1 million African Americans registered and served for the army and about a thousand died during the war.

Four Similarities:

-Both Japanese and African Americans served in World War II.
-Groups from both cultures resisted the discrimination and felt that in order to become part of society, they would help and fight for America.
-Many of them were treated differently and experienced racism as well as discrimination even though fighting on the same side in the war.
-Women from both sides served in World War II as translators and even fought in the Air Forces.

Three Differences:

-Most Japanese Americans worked as translators/intercepted radio messages and African Americans worked in the Air Forces
-African Americans and Japanese Americans worked different jobs during World War II. Asian Americans were treated as enemy spies whereas African Americans were ignored and uses.
-During the war, many Japanese families were sent to internment camps and were treated unfairly.

Analysis of both communities:

African Americans were constantly segregated during the war but even after WW2, they were not given equal rights but people still continued to fight for equality. They showed that they wanted to become equals and fought for the country that rejected them hoping they would have a better future. Japanese Americans were always trying to prove their loyalty towards the country because they were not trusted and were put in internment camps like the way Nazis treated Jews. Over the years, both races were treated better and their sacrifices contributed to the war were acknowledged and helped climb to victory in World War II.

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