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Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster (Nikkei in the Americas) (Hardcover)
What historically was benignly termed the “Japanese American Evacuation” was in fact a social disaster, which, unlike a natural disaster, is man-made. Examining the emotional implications of targeted systemic incarceration, Hansen highlights the psychological traumas that transformed Japanese American identity and culture for generations after the war. While many accounts of Japanese American incarceration rely heavily on government documents and analytic texts, Hansen’s focus on first-person Nikkei testimonies gathered through powerful oral history interviews gives expression to the resistance to this social disaster.
Analyzing the evolving historical memory of the effects of wartime incarceration, Barbed Voices presents a new scholarly framework of enduring value. It will be of interest to students and scholars of oral history, US history, public history, and ethnic studies as well as the general public interested in the WWII experience and civil rights.
About the Author
—Tetsuden Kashima, University of Washington, and author of Judgment without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II
“This is a compelling and timely volume, making [Hansen’s] work easily available to a new generation of scholars, students, and community members.”
—Cherstin M. Lyon, California State University, San Bernardino, and author of Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory