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Government Perceptions of Nisei Soldiers after World War II


  • Adam Smedley


The Nisei’s service played a direct role in acquiring civil liberties for Japanese Americans. The US government respected the Nisei for their military service in World War II superficially, but their actions ultimately betray this façade of acceptance and appreciation. This article acknowledges the current literature on the subject and then examines the pros and cons of the Nisei’s combat roles, the government response to their service, the formation of the Nisei soldier stereotype, and how each of these aspects drastically influenced the US government’s perception of Japanese Americans. Through this examination, one comes to understand that the Nisei’s military service, both on the frontlines and in intelligence capacities, proved crucial in obtaining more rights for the Japanese American community.