Many Japanese Canadians were prepared to accept being sent to internment camps during the war, but losing everything was not expected.
The letters reflect the sense of loss and betrayal Japanese felt towards the government for selling off their possessions and life's work without consent
Not only did they leave behind the life they had, but everything that signified that life was gone. So they went forward with nothing, nothing to go on, and they had to make their way.
Japanese people had to stay in the internment for 2 and half years. Americans thought they were spies and immediately did something about it by putting them internment.
The federal government promised to keep the homes and businesses for internees, but the policy changed during the war and the properties were sold.
When Japanese were free from internment, the Japanese were mad at the government. So, the government gave $20,000 to each japanese, but it doesnt equal to the things they lost, future plans, homes, jobs and more.