Bushnell Days: The Japanese Experience at Bushnell
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The Japanese Experience at Bushnell
Japanese Americans faced systematic prejudice and persecution following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which required all persons of Japanese descent living on the West Coast to be removed to internment camps away from the coast because of fear of spying and sabotage. Nearly 120,000 men, women, and children were taken from their homes and forced to live in hastily constructed barracks in desolate locations.
In this atmosphere of distrust, the Japanese and Japanese American community had a mixed experience with Bushnell General Military Hospital and Box Elder County. For some, it was a place of healing, while others found their rights increasingly restricted by local institutions.
Box Elder County had a large community of residents of Japanese ancestry who found a connection with Bushnell’s Japanese American patients while facing their own persecutions in wartime America.