The Japanese Internment Of World War II, Part 3: Anti-Japanese Frenzy
This series of blogs is being published to coincide with the release of my historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? Parts 1 and 2 covered the pre-war situation for Japanese Americans and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Part 3 covers what happened following Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor immediately ratcheted up ill feelings toward the Japanese, most of whom lived along the West Coast. The building animosity and controversy concerning the Japanese played itself out in newspaper columns and editorials. From day to day, the future of the Japanese seemed to hang between what the government thought was best for the country and current popular opinion. Contrary to prevailing opinion, there was little concern among the military or the FBI with regard to either a West Coast Japanese invasion or spying by Japanese locals. Even J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, shared that view.
It was a host of lower-level officials who kept fomenting hysteria, reporting incidents involving Japanese submarines lurking along the coast, enemy planes plying the eastern Pacific, and various other implausible incidents in which the Japanese were supposedly providing aid for an expected invasion. None of these reports was ever proven in fact, but politicians and others who harbored anti-Japanese sentiments referenced them repeatedly as if they were true.
Please see note below regarding Densho, the source for this photograph.
Racism also played a part. For example, much of the Seattle, Washington area’s fresh produce came from Japanese truck farms. A letter to the editor by Charlotte Drysdale of Seattle is pertinent: “We had gardens long before the Japs were imported about the turn of the century, to work for a very low wage (a move for which we are still paying dearly) and we can have them after we have no Japs.”
To be fair, not everyone joined the bandwagon, particularly at the local level. Churches, in particular, stood up for the Japanese. One organization that promoted the Japanese point of view was the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Many JACL members purchased Defense Bonds as a demonstration of good faith.
But, public opinion and hysteria swayed government action, which came to a head on February 19, 1942.
Up next: The Japanese Internment of World War II, Part 4: Executive Order 9066
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project is a digital archive of videotaped interviews, photographs, documents, and other materials relating to the Japanese American experience. Additional information on the project is available at www.densho.org
Stories you can listen to, #3: A Matter of Honor
In my continuing series of short stories, this one deviates significantly in tone from the first two. The Curious Miss Crabtree is a humorous tale. Mary’s Secret delves into the mystery of a six-year-old girl who has two close friends who visit her in her room, always after the stroke of midnight. Are they real or just imaginary?
A Matter of Honor tackles a more serious subject. Allen Westerly has a problem. A noted art-forger, he is presented with a job that will tax his conscience. Will he go through with it or come to terms with his own history, a past that he has been avoiding for some fourteen years? Click here to listen to or read the story.
Let celebrations begin! It’s August 12th, the official release date for How Much Do You Love Me?
Order your copy by clicking here; you can choose from Cedar Fort, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon. FYI, the Amazon Kindle version can be ordered now, and the other electronic versions will be available shortly, I’m told.
Note: By a remarkable coincidence, today is also the 30th wedding anniversary for me and Becky.
Paul and Becky’s excellent adventure at Cedar Fort Publishing
The publisher for my historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? is Cedar Fort Publishing, located in Springville, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City. Cedar Fort is medium-sized, as publishers go, putting out about 160 books per year. My book is scheduled for release on August 12th. Becky and I were fortunate to… View Article
The Japanese Internment of World War II, Part 2: Pearl Harbor
As noted earlier, to complement the August 12 release of my historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? I am writing a series of blogs detailing the history surrounding the Japanese internment. In Part 2, I will touch on events occurring the very day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, from the perspective of… View Article
The Japanese Internment of World War II, Part 1: Pre-Pearl Harbor
As a complement to the August 12th release of my historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? I plan to write a series of blogs detailing the history surrounding the Japanese internment of World War II. Although How Much? is a love story/mystery that is the product of my imagination, the accompanying historical details… View Article
Short story number two: Mary’s Secret
As I mentioned in my last blog, I intend to include on my web site–on approximately a monthly basis–some of my short stories. And those stories will be available to both read and listen to. “The Curious Miss Crabtree,” a humorous tale of two boys delivering Christmas cookies to a scary neighbor lady was the… View Article
New Website Feature: stories you can listen to
In my last post, I announced that my new website paulmarktag.com was online and ready for public debut. I alluded to a new feature. That new feature is audible story-telling. At book signings, I’m sometimes asked if there are audio versions of my books available. I say no because the expense would be too great… View Article
GRAND OPENING: the new paulmarktag.com
As noted in a previous blog, over the past five months my web site, paulmarktag.com, has been undergoing a complete redesign. My old website was showing its age compared to new designs. In particular, my home page was much too wordy and unnecessarily complicated. The new design is simpler and easier to navigate. Still, nothing… View Article
Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?
The following is a copy of an essay I wrote that just appeared in the April 2014 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). The American Meteorological Society is the professional society for us meteorologists. Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction Paul Mark Tag For those of you who jumped here after… View Article