The Japanese Internment Experience and the Present Day Treatment of Muslims

Oct 7, 2011

It would be hard for any of us to be unaware of the residual fear many in our country have after 9/11. Sadly, this fear has resulted in the inability for some to distinguish between Muslims and war-time enemies or terrorists. You may have studied a similar time in our country during World War II when Japanese Americans were also seen as the enemy, not as citizens, and sent by Executive Order 9066 to internment camps.

Anupam Chander and Madhavi Sunder decided that it was important to tell the stories of discrimination against Japanese Americans and also against Muslim Americans. They chose to write a comic book that would help young people learn about the story of Fred Korematsu, who, in 1944 at the age of 23, refused to go to the internment camps and appealed his case to the Supreme Court. They wanted readers to understand why the story is significant today. Their comic book does this by depicting “a young Muslim American girl’s struggles with her identity in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and how she learns from Korematsu’s courageous example.”

Link here to find out more about the project, learn about Fred Korematsu, and, of course, read the comic book.