Racism in World War II America (Anti-Japanese and and Anti-Asian)
Welcome to the newest episode of the American Studies and History podcast. In this episode we explore the argument that racism towards people of Japanese descent was a wartime phenomenon – but racism during World War II was not unique. Looking beyond the limits of that war, we discover that many of the prejudices and biases which were leveraged against the Japanese fit into a much broader patterns of racial discrimination which stretches from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. As a bonus feature, this episode contains an audio-only version of the short documentary “Race and Racism in Early American Superhero Comics”.
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Some Useful Images to Accompany the Podcast
Some Important Anti-Asian Events (Pre-WWII)
- Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, severely curbs immigration from China
- Immigration Act of 1917, a wide ranging act which barred a range of individuals from entering America, including most Asian immigrants
- National Quota, 1924, places strict limits on immigration from Asia