While the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor came as a shock to most Americans, the U.S. government had already investigated possible actions to take in case of war with Japan. Japanese Americans also had speculated on what would happen to them, fearing as early as 1937 that they would be "herded into prison camps — perhaps we would be slaughtered on the spot" (Daniels 1989). Some Nisei emphasized their loyalty and Americanism, which led to generational conflict with their Issei parents.
- Nisei: Second generation Japanese immigrant
- Issei: First generation Japanese immigrant
Exerpt from A Brief History of Japanese American Relocation During World War II