MCGS 224 MCGS 155 - 50
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Date Created: 01/23/16
In my opinion the main reasons why Japanese Americans struggle with the tension between their “American and their “Japanese” identity are. For one the concentration camps separated the first generation and the second. The camps tore families apart, having the children be around their peers instead of their parents. The second one is that the Issei were not even citizens technically because they were born in Japan. Which also helped contribute to the the differences between all the generations, both had a culture clash. The Nisei generation were raised in a completely different culture than their parents who were very traditional. They more more Americanized is the term for not as traditional, for example the women wanted more rights then their mothers. So they had a very hard experience of not knowing their place. Then Americans had reservations about the Kibei generation in that they did not trust them or thought that they were loyal. So they took all their leadership jobs and gave them to the much younger Nisei generation who did not speak Japanese. So that created another rift between the generations. What I found interesting was that the characters still retained these aspects of their Japanese heritage, but not the memories of the time in the camps. It was the food especially rice and green tea, but what’s sad is that most of them cut out their Japanese heritage altogether.
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