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Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress : Asian America - Alice Yang Murray

Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress

Asian America

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Published: 13th December 2007
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This book analyzes how the politics of memory and history affected representations of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans during the last six decades. It compares attempts by government officials, internees, academics, and activists to control interpretations of internment causes and consequences in congressional hearings, court proceedings, scholarship, popular literature, ethnic community events, monuments, museums, films, and Web sites. Initial accounts celebrated internee loyalty, military patriotism, postwar assimilation, and "model minority" success. Later histories emphasized racist "concentration camps," protests inside the camps, and continued suffering within the community.

"Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress is more than just a reflection on the various contours of memory can assume, It is also about strategic deployment of memory to achieve particular ends, in this case an offical apology and redress for the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II ... Murray persuasively links the different perspective of ... various Japanese American organization to their different views on how best to negotiate a racial chasm that was only deepened by internment." - Andrea Geiger, Montana: Magazine of Western History "By weaving the story of the JACL and other groups and individuals through nine chapters and six decades, Yang Murray illuminated the ever-changing historical reverberations of this singular event ... Yang Murray is to be commended for her willingness to reframe familiar and seemingly stable historical material." - Karen M. Inouye, American Historical Review. "Historical Memories stands strong in simply demonstrating how Japanese-American perception of Japanese-American history has matured and unfolded over generation. The work warrants examination by those interested in memory studies and generational change." - John H.Barnhill, Canadian Journal of History "In unique, insightful ways, Murray examines the much-studied exile and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the redress movement that followed...Murray has presented an accessible, nuanced, and provocative account that is valuable to both scholars and the broader public." - CHOICE "This book presents a comprehensive and multidimensional analysis of the wartime internment of Japanese Americans and their long struggle to seek redress..." - Journal of American History

List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Historians, Objectivity, and the Politics of Knowledge Productionp. 1
The History of "Military Necessity" and the Justification for Internmentp. 15
Dillon S. Myer and the WRA's History of "Relocation, Reintegration, and Rehabilitation"p. 52
"We Pledge Our Fullest Cooperation": A History of Loyalty and Patriotism in the Japanese American Citizens Leaguep. 103
The History of "Helpful" Administrative Advisers and "Objective" Researchers Within the Campsp. 140
The Resurrection of the History of Internment in the 1960s and 1970sp. 185
America's "Concentration Camps": Revisionist Histories and Activism in the 1960s and 1970sp. 232
"Three Strands Woven into a Single Fabric": Japanese American History and the Struggle to Obtain Redressp. 287
Multiple Histories of Internment and the Passage of Redress Legislationp. 333
Representations of Internment in Art and Media, and the Lessons of Historyp. 382
Epilogue: The Legacy of Japanese American Internment and Redressp. 435
Notesp. 455
Bibliographyp. 529
Indexp. 569
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ISBN: 9780804745345
ISBN-10: 080474534X
Series: Asian America
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 13th December 2007
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.94