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In Strangers From A Different Shore, Ronald Takaki argues that the ostensible necessity of relocating Japanese Americans during World War II were so utterly wrongheaded as to be an unconstitutional affront to them. Takaki contrasts how the lives of Japanese living in California, within the American mainland, differed greatly from those living in Hawaii after the U. S. entered WWII. He notes how close to 100,000 Japanese-Californians were forcefully placed in internment camps on short notice, yet Japanese-Hawaiians who lived off the mainland had been embraced as locals by their fellow Hawaiians and their lives were not quite as dramatically altered as those on the mainland. Takaki argues that Hawaii was a case in which political and economic interests created…