FLASHBACK – The Exuberant Zest of WW2 SoCal

I’m not sure how many of the Japanese Americans who were relocated into local internment camps (or their descendants) would’ve considered it a “minor incident” of World War 2… but hey, those people could write their own dagnabbed newsreels! Um, or not.

“This video (part two, which focuses on local character, is after the jump) looks at what the future might be for California after World War II ends. Would there be enough jobs given the rapid population growth that was occurring? What industries might take up the slack when military spending ended? The post-WW2 Cold War was not foreseen. References are made to opportunities for trade with Russia and China. Nuclear energy – surprisingly – is seen as an alternative to hydro (and this is before Hiroshima.) The movie industry is recognized as important for the future. References are made to prewar social movements such as EPIC and the Ham & Eggs pension scheme and religious movements.”

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J58jg9jWvsA[/youtube]
[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lEo5KVSVTQ[/youtube]

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4 Responses to “FLASHBACK – The Exuberant Zest of WW2 SoCal”

  1. Hi,
    Respectfully, the Chinese American community in Southern California had established “American style,” community
    aid organization’s and nationalistic programs since the 1920’s.

    The first Chinese/American Lawyer in L.A. Mr. Peter Hong.
    (I hope I have his 1st name right. Call Huntington Library. Mr. Jutzi. 626-405-2178.)helped citizens with myriad of legal issuses. The China Town district was re-built at present site. Housing, legal, public school rights were fought for with good results. Yet the Chinese were U.S.’s allies in W.W.II. All types of civic groups were created within the Chinese American community’s

    Isei and Nesei were enemy overnight. Facial and langauge
    difference’s immediate and obvious. Socially suspisious already. Stroke of the pen order by under educated O.S.S
    un-instructed military intelligence.

    Japenese were like Irish Amereican’s loved homeland and never went back. Gave America their children and grandchildren. They were forced to speak English hundreds of years ago and it saved them in America.

    The Japanese American from interenment forgive but wisely not forget. I know a few. One freind went to Utah
    ha ha Blah blah blah God bless you for your research

    • lynnster says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful post! I completely understand, which is why I made the sarcastic introduction I did.

      Throughout history the media’s predictions and narratives often directly conflict with reality. Our modern hindsight and education puts these old newsreels into a whole different perspective… ‘cuz many of the things they said were just plain ridiculous. It’s interesting to witness what people were being instructed to believe… and personally, I find it educational. It becomes painfully clear how much of it was just public relations.

      In the future I’ll be doing a series on Chinatown history, I really appreciated your comments. :)

  2. K8inLA says:

    When I saw the war effort poster promoting this blog post, I thought you might be talking about the Smithsonian exhibit “Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945” at the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB.org). That poster is in the exhibit (through 4/2/10).

  3. An embarrassing chapter in our history. Lots of paranoia at the time. Seems to be water under the bridge now, though.

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