It is a true saying that you cannot get along without money. Finances are vitally important in the lives of everyone living upon the earth. There may be some places where money is not the medium of exchange, but some type of trade must be used to obtain the necessities of life.
People who do not work and earn money or who are not gifted with money must find a way to obtain funds. Most often, people work for the money they get. They are traded dollars for time and expertise. They receive pay for doing a job or some kind of service.
People sometimes beg, borrow, or steal to get what they need or the money necessary to buy the things they feel they require. Beggars on the street are not exempt from the need for money. It is something everyone needs to some degree.
Just as no one will get out of this life without trials, financial hardship may come to most people at some time in their lives. The challenge to secure funds which are not readily available can cause much stress and difficulty. Sometimes it is through no fault of their own that people suffer the consequences of not having enough money.
That is what happened to Japanese Americans during World War II when around 120,000 persons of Japanese heritage in the United States were forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast. They were placed in what have come to be known as American concentration camps. The hastily constructed barracks and other buildings in these camps were placed in desolate and remote areas of the country. People were taken there and incarcerated, most for the duration of the war.
As soon as the bombing of Pearl Harbor happened by the Imperial Navy of Japan, Americans and immigrants of Japanese descent were immediately looked upon as the enemy. Most of those living in the United States were American citizens. Their lives were immediately thrown into chaos as their bank accounts were frozen and their livelihood was threatened. They faced extreme financial hardship as most of them lost nearly everything they possessed. Their material goods were stripped away, and financial ruin loomed as the likely consequence as they lost their jobs. Life was dark and uncertain.
After spending over three years in the unjust confinement of the camps, these people were released at the war’s end. They tried to resume their lives and tried to earn money again. Financial problems were many and extreme. Yet most persevered and eventually came out ahead.
How did they do it? They became successful because they worked hard. Although they still faced racism and discrimination after the war had ended, they did not give up. They faced many adverse financial situations and problems, but they forged ahead with determination. Future generations benefitted from their determination and hard work.