After Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government declared that the region's 100,000-plus Japanese-Americans were to be interned, lest they turn saboteur for the homeland. (You might have heard similar proposals in modern politics recently.) One of these camps was Tuna Canyon Detention Station, a repurposed relief camp situated in the foothills of Tujunga, a suburb of Los Angeles. From 1941 to 1943, the camp played host to around 1,500 "enemy combatants," many of whom were ordinary civilians such as teachers and religious leaders. In other words, the people most likely to conduct an uprising, obviously.
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This happened before there was even an "Asians all know martial arts" stereotype.
As for the facilities, they ranged from "comfortable for an unconstitutional prison camp" to "Steve McQueen wouldn't stand for this shit." There were medical facilities, sleeping quarters, barracks, a rudimentary school (you thought kids got a pass?), and a barbershop. On the other hand, they had to deal with frequent interrogations, impossible-to-complete "loyalty questionnaires," and, oh right, being torn apart from their families to live inside a machine gun-surrounded, lawyer-free, state-sanctioned prison. Fortunately, many didn't have to deal with these conditions for long, because they were released ... and transferred to a larger, shittier camp.
The camp was eventually closed in 1943 -- not because anyone came to their senses, mind, but probably because they ran out of people to imprison. You can't actually visit the remains of the camp, because it was torn down, as dirty little secrets tend to be, and replaced by a golf course.
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