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Japanese American Internment:Examining Racial Tensions


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Examining Racial Tensions

Objective:

To recognize and evaluate the context of racial tensions and prejudice before internment.


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What is Propaganda?

Propaganda:

Information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.


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What Kind of Propaganda are We Looking at?

Today we are going to look at

Anti-Japanese Propaganda from the time

periods before and during internment.


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Why Look at Propaganda?

By looking at the racist and prejudice

Anti-Japanese propaganda within war posters, popular culture, and political cartoons we will be able to see how non-Japanese viewed the Japanese community and why it was that the Japanese were so hated and feared.


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Anti-Japanese War Posters and Popular Culture

  • Today we will be looking at a series of Anti-Japanese War Posters and Popular Culture Items.

  • There are 4 categories which we will use to examine the prejudice within today’s war posters and political cartoons:

    Japanese as Uncivilized

    Japanese as Animals

    Japanese as Predators

    Japanese as Curiosities


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Anti-Japanese Propaganda: Uncivilized

  • How does this cartoon portray America?

  • How is does it portray Japan and simultaneously Japanese Americans?

  • What is the Japanese man holding?

  • Who is that in the background?

  • What does the addition of these characters mean?


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Anti-Japanese Propaganda: Animals

  • What images do you see in this poster?

  • What / who do these images represent?

  • What is Japan doing?

  • What message does this poster send to Americans?


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Anti-Japanese Propaganda: Predators

  • How does this poster portray the Japanese as predators?

  • What message does this poster send to Americans?

  • How might Americans react to this poster?


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Anti-Japanese Propaganda:Curiosities

Think-Pair-Share

Turn to your neighbor and discuss the following cartoon.

You might want to talk about the following questions:

What do you see in this cartoon?

What message is it sending to Americans?

How might a cartoon like this have impacted the time period before internment?


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Political Cartoon Activity

In your assigned group analyze your group’s Dr. Suess cartoon.

Make sure to answer all of the questions on the worksheet.


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Political Cartoon #1

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War


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Political Cartoon #2

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War


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Political Cartoon #3

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War


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Political Cartoon #4

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War