Transnational Considerations At Japanese American Incarceration Camps

Author(s): Koji Ozawa

Year: 2017


In 1942, all people of Japanese descent living along the western coast of the United States were forcibly removed from their homes and imprisoned in 10 incarceration camps. Decades after the incarceration a congressional commission found that racism, wartime hysteria and a lack of leadership led to this unjust imprisonment. The scholarship surrounding the archaeology of the incarceration centers has grown over the past twenty years, with several ongoing studies conducted by universities and the National Park Service. At the same time research at sites associated with Asian Americans has called for more nuanced interpretations of these diverse populations. Recent exploratory work focusing on gardens at the Gila River Incarceration Camp has highlighted the need for a transnational framework when approaching the material culture of these sites of confinement. Only by considering the global connections of the incarcerated population can a greater understanding of the complex mélange of identities be reached.

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Transnational Considerations At Japanese American Incarceration Camps. Koji Ozawa. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430779)

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Abstract Id(s): 15564