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Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration (Hardcover) (Karen M. Inouye)

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The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration reexamines the history of imprisonment of U.S. and Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Karen M. Inouye explores how historical events can linger in individual and collective memory and then crystallize in powerful moments of political engagement. Drawing on interviews and untapped archival materials?regarding politicians Norman Mineta and Warren Furutani, sociologist Tamotsu Shibutani, and Canadian activists Art Miki and Mary Kitagawa, among others?Inouye considers the experiences of former wartime prisoners and their present-day involvement in large-scale educational and legislative efforts.
While many consider wartime imprisonment an isolated historical moment, Inouye shows how imprisonment and the suspension of rights have continued to impact political discourse and public policies in both the United States and Canada long after their supposed political and legal reversal. In particular, she attends to how activist groups can use the persistence of memory to engage empathetically with people across often profound cultural and political divides. This book addresses the mechanisms by which injustice can transform both its victims and its perpetrators, detailing the dangers of suspending rights during times of national crisis as well as the opportunities for more empathetic agency.

Number of Pages: 239
Genre: History
Series Title: Asian America
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
Author: Karen M. Inouye
Language: English
Street Date: October 26, 2016
TCIN: 52039087
UPC: 9780804795746
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-0146
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