During the time leading up to World War II, there was a large amount of negative propaganda surrounding Japanese Americans, arousing fear and hatred in their friends and neighbors. The Japanese were being suspected of disloyalty to their country, and were viewed as possible threats to national security. Japanese Americans from all along the California coast were moved into internment camps, supposedly to protect them from future attacks, but in actuality to get them away from their valuable ship ports. Some non-Japanese people, so scared of being thought of as Japanese, even showed signs saying their nationality so as to avoid the negative prejudices of being Japanese. Propaganda is used in order to make people fear who the government wanted them to fear, and in this case, it was terrible to the Japanese, portraying them as evil and ugly people who looked genuinely scary. In this ‘visual history’ I depicted my version of a propaganda poster from that time, including the terrible stereotypes and attempting to match the style of the time. In my second illustration, I took the letters from the original poster, but rearranged them to instead encourage citizens to stick up for their Japanese neighbors, and remember that they are people just like themselves. I wonder what would have happened if the non-Japanese Americans had stuck up for their friends and protected them from the unfair actions of the government.
Original Poster: https://drive.google.com/a/cps.edu/file/d/0B1OOnUF2gpqmQ2JiZWJJMkc3dnBqREpPQ3BoMDdOYUJrT0NV/edit?usp=sharing
Positive Poster: https://drive.google.com/a/cps.edu/file/d/0B1OOnUF2gpqmNkw1dXFkUldSQkROOW1pVlFHaVpaMkNyTkxF/edit?usp=sharing