JAPANESE AMERICANS BREAKING RACIAL
BARRIERS DURING WORLD WAR II
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After the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans had to overcome magnified racial barriers such as prejudice, discrimination, assumed disloyalty, and internment camps. Over 10,000 Nisei (American-born children of Japanese immigrants) served in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team helping win the war in Europe and public opinion at home.
Public acceptance of persons of Japanese ancestry on Bainbridge Island, Washington was also enhanced by the calm, forward-thinking compassion shown by community leaders and newspaper owners/operators Walt and Milly Woodward.
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