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The War Between Us It must have been very traumatic for the Japanese-Canadian families to be faced with internment and then deportation From the very beginning they must have been faced with utter confusion and must have been left with some very disturbing unanswerable questions Such as wondering why they had to move from their homes where they were going what would happen to their home and possessions that they had spent all of their life establishing and what will happen next to their family It must have been very confusing for them to understand what was happening and would have been entering their newly appointed town with a great fear To go with this there is the equal fear and concern which was instilled in the families that lived in the towns where the Japanese people moved to Those people did not know what to expect from their new neighbors and did not want them there only agreeing with the promise of new jobs and electricity from the Canadian government The overall fear of the townspeople was clearly symbolized when Mary Janes mother locked her doors when she saw the Japanese move into the shack behind her own home From there the relationship between the Japanese-Canadians and the people who originally lived in the town generally improved accept for the odd few people who had trouble associating with one another such as the two teenagers who got into the fight in the street At the same time however the were severe internal family problems that existed There was the issue of the personal respect that the Japanese people had for themselves and family and did not want their families working for the white people of the town or taking charities They also could not tolerate the way that the town people looked down on them such as the man suggesting that Iia would learn good skills working at the new store Eventually most
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