With updates on the assault on the American maritime base at Hawaii on December 7, 1941, long periods of seething trepidation and hatred against Japanese Canadians detonated into frenzy and outrage in British Columbia. Inside days of the Pearl Harbor assault, Canadian Pacific Railways terminated all its Japanese laborers, and most other Canadian ventures stuck to this same pattern. Japanese fishers in British Columbia were requested to remain in port, and 1,200 fishing boats were seized by the Canadian naval force. Starting after the Pearl Harbor assault until 1949, the internment of Japanese Canadians started, where somewhere in the range of 22,000 Japanese Canadians started, 14,000 of whom were conceived in Canada. They were vigorously taken from their homes and banished to inland, remote territories of British Columbia. This constrained migration exposed numerous Japanese Canadians to government-upheld curfews, cross examinations, employment and property misfortunes, and constrained repatriation to Japan. This choice followed the occasions of the Japanese intrusions of British Hong Kong and Malaya, the assault on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the resulting Canadian affirmation of war on Japan during World War II. The coercive removal and control of ethnic Japanese during the Second World War speaks to one of the most appalling arrangements of occasions in Canada’s history.
90% of the total Japanese Canadian populace, from British Columbia were displaced and interned for the sake of ‘national security.’ Despite the fact that this internment was for the sake of national security, Japanese/Asian bigotry and separation started a long time before World War II began. During these years Japanese Canadians were banished from casting a ballot in 1902, confronted fierce mobs with the Whites, and there was additionally the “gentlemen’s agreement” that constrained migration from Japan to a low number. Anti-Asian prejudice proceeded all through the start of World War IIand arrived at a top after the Pearl harbor assault. This assault carried the United States into the war and activated war among Canada and Japan, releasing the obvious threatening vibe towards Japanese Canadians for a considerable length of time to come.
Taking advantage of the lucky break to free themselves of their since quite a while ago disdained contenders, White ranchers, dealers and political pioneers blamed Japanese Canadians for being spies and saboteurs for Tokyo, and called for exceptional activity to secure the West Coast. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police found no proof of treachery or military risk, and the head of the Canadian Army and Navy overwhelmingly denied that there was a peril or attack danger of any significance from the Japanese Canadians. In any case, a plot of government officials and lobbyists in British Columbia started battling for the evacuation or constrainment of Japanese Canadians in the beach front districts. Also, political pressure from the West Coast, driven by administrative bureau serve Ian Mackenzie, caused the government to act, thus started the beginning of the internment of Japanese Canadians.
I believe other Canadians, given the circumstances, agreed with the internment of the Japanese. There was, as aforementioned, a history of anti-Asian prejudice, indicating that there were problems between Canadians and the Japanese before World War II even began. There were also violent riots that started due to anti-Asian sentiment with Whites marching through Chinese and Japanese neighborhoods, breaking windows and assaulting local residents. Higher authorities had begun limiting immigration, proving that there were issues with them. As the Canadian Encyclopedia says, “Prime Minister King shared popular views that treated all Japanese as treacherous, writing in his diary that he agreed entirely with Chinese official T.V. Soong, who had proclaimed that he would not trust any Japanese, even naturalized or Canadian born, as they were all saboteurs just waiting for the right moment to aid Japan”. As said before, there was additional pressure from politicians, merchants and white farmers accusing the Japanese of being spies. These actions and sayings reveal the unfair attitude that Canada had toward different origins during that time period, especially against those of Japanese ancestry. Thus, most Canadians, even high level authorities with the exception of a few, all were for the internment camps and felt somewhat safer with the Japanese being locked, far away from them and the rest of society.
I believe the general attitude of Canadians would be somewhat different today as society has changed, even if not drastically, somewhat. On moral grounds, the Japanese were likewise treated unjustifiably. The all inclusive announcement of Humans Rights characterized by Amnesty International today and furthermore the Canadian Charter of Rights, diagrams the basics of life that every individual are qualified for. In spite of the fact that these rights were not expressed as legitimate laws in those days, they should be considered as good codes that ought to be perceived paying little heed to the presence of ordinances or not. As the rights like the right to live freely, the right to own property, and the freedom of speech were not heavily followed, there may be different responses today. In today’s day there are many activists and honest politicians who would uphold these laws even in drastic events. On the hand, in times of extreme cases, like the one that was seen during the Pearl Harbour attack, people may behave differently. They are not always in the right sense of mind because they are afraid for their safety and wellbeing. In these cases they may behave and have the same attitude as Canadians during the Japanese internment camp issues. It might be easier for extremists, nationalist, or simply citizens who want to place unnecessary blames and lies on peoples back to persuade others into the same perspective.