Symposium examines wartime scars

More than three quarters of a century since the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent in American concentration camps, the Japanese American community still has not fully recovered from the trauma. The day-long event entitled “A Community Fractured: Compliance & Resistance” explored the rifts within the Japanese American community that […]

Unpacking Okinawa’s complexities

RETHINKING POSTWAR OKINAWA: BEYOND AMERICAN OCCUPATION Edited by Pedro Iacobelli and Hiroko Matsuda (Latham, Md: Lexington Books, 2017, 212 pp., $90, hardcover) If you remember the movies “Teahouse of the August Moon” or “The Karate Kid Part II,” then be prepared for a very different “Okinawa” in “Okinawa in Rethinking Postwar Okinawa: Beyond American Occupation.” […]

Author pays forward Japanese American legacy of resistance

RELOCATING AUTHORITY: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration By Mira Shimabukuro (Boulder, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 2015, 248 pp., $26.95, paperback; $21.95, Ebook) In his essay for a 1999 Mike Mackey-edited anthology, “Remembering Heart Mountain,” Lane Hirabayashi cautions Japanese American incarceration scholars not to over-generalize about Japanese American “resistance” to oppression within the […]