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  • 1. ELA 10B Equality Mr. Germann “It Can’t Be Helped” By Barry Broadfoot Pre-Reading 1. Read aloud the italicized paragraph. Discuss: a. Why did the Canadian Government consider Japanese-Canadians to be “enemy aliens” during World War II? b. What does the phrase “stripped of their rights” mean? c. Is it unusual to place civilians in wartime internment camps? Reading – Silently read story. Post-Reading Respond to the following questions in full answers. 1. What part of the selection aroused strong feelings in you? What were those feelings? 2. Why do you think the fourteen-year-old narrator couldn’t accept the idea that what happened was due to Fate (shikata-ga-nai)? 3. At the end the narrator says: “It could have been helped. We were not cattle. We were human beings, Canadians, and I still say to hell with their shikata-ga-nai. Whom is he most angry with the Canadian government or his fellow Japanese Canadians? Both? Why? What do you think he would have liked to do to stop the government in its tracks? 4. Do you think the narrator was proud of anything or anybody during the wartime period? 5. How do you think the internment camp survivors should feel now? Should they just forget about it – as though it never happened? Why or why not? 6. Do you think the Canadian government had any justification for putting thousands of the country’s citizens in internment camps? Why or why not? Response Journal 1. Imagine you and your family have been interned in a camp because it is believed that you are enemy aliens. Furthermore, some families have been split up. Each person is allowed to write one letter a month. Write your first letter describing your feelings to a parent, relative or friend in another camp.