Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans - Chapter 9, pgs. 315-356 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9, pgs. 315-356 Summary and Analysis

World War II changed America's view of itself and the way it treated immigrants. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, many Filipinos in the United States tried to enlist in the armed forces but were rejected because they weren't American citizens. The law was changed in February, 1942 so they could serve in the first and Second Filipino Infantry Regiment.

Many Filipinos viewed enlistment as a form of entry into American society. They felt they would be viewed differently by white Americans. Things did not change. They still experienced discrimination, such as being refused service in restaurants. This eventually changed and they could now become citizens. They could also own land. Laws were passed prohibiting discrimination, but Filipinos still were not accepted.

The war years were also confusing for Koreans. The Korean immigrants were first classified as enemy...

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