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Enemy Alien: 1942

Enemy Alien: 1942

May 1942. "Salinas, California. Tagged for evacuation. Removal of Japanese enemy aliens from San Juan Bautista and San Benito County to reception center at Salinas, California." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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The two tags on his shirt

One reads: Yes, I'm an American citizen. But I'm just so suspicious looking and haven't assimilated into American culture the way Germans and Italians have.

The other: Those in power decided to lock up me and my kind of American citizen up in a fenced camp in the desert and stand guard over us because you never know what we might do. The United States Supreme Court said that is the American way.

The magazines seem pretty all-American

"Captain Swastika, the noose is the symbol of your fate."
"Not this time, Hangman! You've met your master."

[Those are comic books! - Dave]

Aliens

I have visited the US many times from Australia through my work in television, but have never failed to be insulted by US Immigration classifying me as an 'alien'. It is a simple thing that could easily be changed to say 'visitor' and would cease to offend non-US people.

PEP Comics

The poor boy does not seem very interested in the Captain Swastika story …

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