Uprooting Community: Japanese Mexicans, World War II, and the US-Mexico Borderlands

Item # 154180.

By Selfa A. Chew

Joining the US war effort in 1942, Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho ordered the forced removal of Japanese Mexican communities and approved the creation of incarceration camps and zones of confinement. Under this program, a new pro-American nationalism developed in Mexico that portrayed Japanese Mexicans as an internal racial enemy. In spite of broad resistance from the communities that considered them valued members, Japanese Mexicans lost their freedom, property, and lives.

According to author Selfa A. Chew, the treatment of ethnic Japanese in Mexico was even harsher than what Japanese immigrants and their children endured in the United States during the war, according to Chew. She argues that the number of persons affected there extended beyond the first-generation Japanese immigrants "handled" by the Mexican government during this period, describing how the entire multiethnic social fabric of the borderlands was reconfigured by the absence of Japanese Mexicans. Paper: 256 pp 




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