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Lest We Forget – Pearl Harbor

The following is a fictional piece inspired by real events.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the US naval base in Pearl Harbor. This led the US to official enter World War 2. And this day greatly impacted my culture as I know it, both the Japanese part of me and the the American in me.

After The Attack

“Go back to your own country dirty jap!” The girls in chemistry shouted as Robert, Ellen and I took our seats. We lived in Fontana, California at the time. Robert and Ellen were family friends.

My parents had owned a farm and Robert and Ellen’s parents owned a market that sold some of the crop from our farm. They kept their heads down and worked hard so that we were never left wanting for anything. Life wasn’t easy, but at least we had our community.

We were used to discrimination; it’s something we faced our entire lives, but December 7, 1941 changed everything for the worse. Anti-Japanese sentiments grew even more so and the discrimination became hostility and violence.

On December 8th, Robert was beaten up by the guys on the football team. Ellen and I took him home early. We tried to live life normally, but things weren’t the same. The US had declared war on Japan and we were seen as enemies of the state.

Executive Order

It’s February 19, 1942 and Japanese Americans everywhere are panicking. Franklin D. Roosevelt just signed Executive Order 9066.

“Mariko! Mariko!”

“Hai!”

Mom and dad asked me to read and explain the Executive Order. I explained that all people of Japanese descent were being relocated and we could only take what we could carry.

In April 1942, we left everything behind and were incarcerated at an interment camp. Our families stripped of everything. Our land basically stolen from us.

To be continued…

Lest we forget…


sass c

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i'm just your average girl with a dirty mind. young, asian and submissive...does that pique your interest? constantly in a battle with myself whether to stay confined by my cultural values or to break free like the freak i am.

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5 Comments

  1. I am so glad you wrote this Sass.

  2. I look forward to read on…
    ~ Marie

  3. Thank you sass this is a great beginning and so glad u linked it to 4thoughts. feel free to link future parts no matter what prompt we have
    May x

  4. I feel for you❤

  5. I enjoyed this very much. My great grandfather who was an Austrian living in London was sent to an internment camp during WW1.

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