Power and Perspective Japanese interment and Out of my mind

Because of the assumptions or perspectives and stereotypes developed about Melody in Out of my Mind, it helps develop a deeper understanding of the stereotypes and perspectives made about Japanese Americans in Executive Order 9066 though a cognitive dissonance may be created because of the perspectives and assumptions held by people.


A girl very intelligent girl named Melody has struggled with cerebral palsy her whole life. Except for her parents and a nurse no one seems to believe she is smart. Then, one day Melody finds a way to communicate with people as she begins middle school where she makes friends, enemies, and tries to prove her genius.

Shared Theme

The theme of this novel is that you shouldn’t judge people based on how they appear on the outside. This relates to my topic because like Melody, Japanese Americans were judged because people think Melody appears with her cerebral palsy and the Japanese Americans looked like the enemy Japanese and were believed to be dangerous.

How both medias' adress one another

It addresses my research because both Melody and Japanese Americans are both victims of stereotyping and suffer for it. It relates even more because there are other positive perspectives that relate to each other.

Perspective 1

Japanese Americans are a threat to the United States because they might be capable of sabotage and their other people overseas are dangerous

According to chapter two of the book The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II, “Fears about the possibility of sabotage and espionage blended seamlessly with the stories of atrocities from the Pacific front to create a climate in which it became increasingly likely that some official policy might emerge concerning the wartime fate of Japanese Americans”

Japanese oversees didn’t respect American soldiers because they thought they were weak so they were forced to march, starved, were attacked and subjected to execution without trials often by beheading

All the violent stories brought back caused a stereotype to develop about the Japanese that they are violent and uncivilized.

Executive Order 9066

According to president Roosevelt the Japanese needed to be interned when he said “the successful prosecution of the war requires every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage to national-defense material, national-defense premises, and national-defense utilities”

He believed in it so much so he made an order for all the military leaders to use any means and force necessary to collect the Japanese Americans because they were a threat to the United Staes

Relation to the Book

Just like people believed Japanese Americans were dangerous people believed Melody was brain dead and dumb. One example is Melody's doctor. He told her parents about how she was unresponsive and she should be put in a home because she is a "vegetable". So just like the Japanese Americans Melody was stereotyped too. It helps one understand how and why stereotypes and opinions are developed

Perspective 2

Perspective 2: Many people especially veterans believed that internment was wrong especially because of all the sacrifices the Japanese Americans made for the US.

In this cartoon the author, Neil Yamamoto, is trying to convey that internment was wrong because of the sacrifice and devotion that Japanese American troops have made for their country but, their people are being crammed into concentration camps and are treated like the enemy.

Veterans who have witnessed first hand they valor and bravery of the Japanese Americans and realize who the true enemy really is believed that internment was terrible.

Relation to the book

In the book Out of my Mind people have faith in Melody just like they have faith in the Japanese. There are many people know Melody is smart and believe in her just like people believed Japanese Americans are innocent. It helps one understand, in many circumstances, people also can see through appearance to develop a perspective.

Perspective 3

Perspective 3

Perspective 3: Many people wanted Japanese Internment because it benefits them not only politically but economically.

What the author is saying here that there are many people including the military leaning on the United States and getting them to intern the Japanese. The weight is so significant that America is about to fall over. They finally did when Roosevelt wrote executive order 9066

According to History.com "the Roosevelt administration was pressured to remove persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast by farmers seeking to eliminate Japanese competition, a public fearing sabotage, politicians hoping to gain by standing against an unpopular group, and military authorities." Because of all the political pressure that was created the Roosevelt campaign decided it would be best for him to intern the Japanese.

Relation to the book

In the book Out of my Mind people stereotyped Melody for their own personal game just like people did to Japanese Americans. Two girls in Melody's grade were incredibly cruel to her partly because they feared that she would be better then them on the quiz team. Many Americans were cruel and interned the Japanese because they wanted to be more successful and take away the Japanese Americans success for themselves. Also, the Roosevelt campaign agreed because of military pressure and pressure from citizens and he just wanted to hold office. It helps one realize that when it comes to stereotypes and perspectives its not all black and white. Not everybody wants the same thing for the same reason. Just like both medias in this presentation.


In both situations people are coming under stereotypes because of their appearance. Like people thinking Melody is truly stupid people believed that Japanese Americans were truly dangerous. Like people believed that Melody was smart and not a vegetable people believed Japanese internment was wrong. Like people tried to intern Japanese for their own personal gains people talked down to melody just for their own personal gains.

Works Cited

Davenport, John C. “Executive Order 9066: Japanese Internment.” The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II, Chelsea House, 2010, American History, online.infobase.com/HRC/Search/Details/397331?q=executive%20order%209066.

Executive Order 9066, February 19, 1942; General Records of the Unites States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

History.com Staff. “Japanese-American Relocation.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation.

Japanese Internment in America. Directed by History.com staff, History.com, 2009.

Kunio, Yunome. “Execution of Leonard Siffleet.” Canberra, Australia.

Low, David. “Increasing Pressure.” The Evening Standard [London], The Evening Standard.

Yamamoto, Neil. “Primal Numbers.” Neil.


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