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A Culture Lost in Translation

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Trish Jones
Dr. Francesca Coley
English 122 Academic Writing II
7 April 2010

A culture lost in translation The poem “In Response to Executive Order 9006 All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Centers” written by Dwight Okita, was a very moving and thought provoking tale. It was a response letter to the United States Government from a young girl who lived in the United States during World War II. She describes how her seemingly normal life was turned upside down one day just because of her last name. Unfortunately she was describing a story of a common mistreatment of many people of Japanese descent during and after World War II.
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941; President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9006 into act February 19th, 1942. This order started 10 internment camps where more than 110,000 Japanese-American citizens would be sent to. All people of Japanese descent had to report to the internment camps within 48 hours and could only bring items they could carry; they had no choice in the matter that had to follow the order of the United States. Most of the camps were in deserts with very harsh livable conditions. Food was limited to small portions and medical treatment was nearly nonexistent, causing several people to die. It was an unimaginable encounter for all the people that had to endure the repercussions of the order. (“Life In”)
I think the girl writing the letter sees herself and the others in her community as Americans. She describes herself as a 14 year old girl who has bad spelling, a messy room, and really feels funny using chopsticks. She also says her favorite food is hotdogs, I think she is trying to show that is not a Japanese person in her own eyes. She sees herself as a true American who has American friends and likes American things. The community did not look...

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