A taste of the new exhibit at the History Colorado center


The History Colorado center in Denver opened a newer section in one of the exhibits.

The History Colorado center in Denver opened a newer section in one of the exhibits. The section is about Amache, a containment camp that Japanese people were kept in during World War Two.  B. Erin Cole, the assistant state historian for this section says,” There was tension between the people in California and the Japanese people who lived there because whites did not like the Asians. But, after the Japanese army attacked on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were instantly classified as enemies to the United States.” The government then sent over 12,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans to these “camps”, which acted more like military centers. There were about 10 of these camps, inward of the U.S so the people could not spread information to the Japanese armies. When the Japanese were sent to these camps, they were only allowed to bring two suitcases of personal belongings and clothes, and had to leave everything else behind. Businesses, family, furniture, and, even their pets. 

The United States told all the people that, “The Japanese are staying in these camps and are provided with a house, jobs, and food. They are more than happy to come live in these camps.” But that is far from the truth, as you see at the exhibit. A replica of a house at Amache shows that the houses had brick floors, 1 window, a small kitchen area (though all meals are eaten in a cafeteria in the camp), 5 small cots and a desk.  Inside, there are even simulations of a conversation between a Japanese family.  In one conversation, a mother and son talk about the food that day, and how it made many of the Japanese sick.  After World War Two ended, the Japanese were released and the camp was destroyed. The exhibit really portrays the “other side” of the story of World War Two, and how the Japanese felt about the camps.  If you want to see and hear more, head to the History Colorado center for the full story.