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A social injustice as understood in our society is any action against an individual or group which would deny them of their basic human rights At the turn of the century many immigrants fled their country as a consequence of government oppression religious persecution famine and poverty A substantial number of immigrants believed they could live in a prosperous world free of intolerance and discrimination in North America Sadly in Joy Kogawas Obasan and EL Doctorows Ragtime this dream is not true The scum of creation has been dumped on us The most dangerous and corrupting hordes of the world have invaded us The vice and crime which have planted in our midst are sickening and terrifying This Fabulous Century 1975 72 The speaker Thomas Watson is implying that the United States is suspicious about these new arrivals and does not welcome them with open arms through the golden door of opportunity Similar feelings in Canada were directed towards the Japanese Canadians when World War II started In other words both countries felt that the segregated ethnic cultures were a threat to their socities In Joy Kogawas Obasan and EL Doctorows Ragtime both authors illustrate the dark side of the North American Dream because segregated ethnic cultures had to endure humiliation denial of their rights and lack squalid living conditions In both novels Obasans family and different characters in Ragtime had many of their rights taken away Prior to the out break of World War II many Japanese Canadians were living comfortably in Vancouver As soon as the war broke out this immediately changed The Canadian Government passed a bill called the War Measures Act against all Japanese Canadians even the Issei and their children Nisei who came
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