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"The Japanese painfully discovered that their accomplishments in America did not lead to acceptance, for during World War II, unlike Italian Americans and German Americans, they were placed in internment camps. Two-thirds of them were citizens by birth. 'How could I as a 6-month-old child born in this country,' asked Congressman Robert Matsui years later, 'be declared by my own Government to be an enemy alien?" (8).
"In 1988, Congress passed a bill providing for an apology and a payment of $20,000 to each of the survivors of the Internment camps. When President Ronald Reagan signed the bill, he admitted that the United States had committed a "grave wrong." During World War II, Japanese Americans had remained "utterly loyal" to this country, he pointed out. "Indeed, scores of Japanese Americans volunteered for our Armed Forces . . . Yet, back at home, the soldiers' families were being denied the very freedom for which so many of the soldiers themselves were laying down their lives" (402).
Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston: Little, brown and Company, 1993.
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