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Japanese American Relocation in World War II
A Reconsideration


  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108410397

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  • In this revisionist history of the United States government relocation of Japanese-American citizens during World War II, Roger W. Lotchin challenges the prevailing notion that racism was the cause of the creation of these centers. After unpacking the origins and meanings of American attitudes toward the Japanese-Americans, Lotchin then shows that Japanese relocation was a consequence of nationalism rather than racism. Lotchin also explores the conditions in the relocation centers and the experiences of those who lived there, with discussions on health, religion, recreation, economics, consumerism, and theater. He honors those affected by uncovering the complexity of how and why their relocation happened, and makes it clear that most Japanese-Americans never went to a relocation center. Written by a specialist in US home front studies, this book will be required reading for scholars and students of the American home front during World War II, Japanese relocation, and the history of Japanese immigrants in America.

    • Emphasizes the importance of war on Western society and explains the relationship between war and race
    • Explores a clearer definition of the concept of racism and restores the idea of complexity of motivation to the relocation narrative
    • Encourages a more realistic understanding of historical narratives, minimizing the concept of racism
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    'Deeply engaging, original throughout, based on prodigious research in archival records and existing scholarship, Roger W. Lotchin's book is a path-breaking reexamination of the complex multiple causes and the actual human consequences of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. His reconsideration of the role of racism in the World War II era is especially impressive, insightful, and timely.' William Issel, San Francisco State University

    'A bold, nuanced, and engaging study of Japanese-American relocation and WWII. This well-researched and passionately argued book deserves to be read by every scholar studying the war and home front. A reconsideration will be debated for decades.' Gary R. Mormino, University of South Florida, St Petersburg

    'Lotchin uses patience, solid evidence, and an open mind to challenge our racist interpretation of Japanese American 'internment' centers during WWII. His fine book won't end the debate but should force us to confront our well-practiced and comfortable answers to who these people were and how many Americans really viewed them. The greatest testimony to the American identity of the men, women, and children who lived in these centers were the reproduction of the very communities from which they'd been taken and the unremarkable acceptance of these efforts by their captors. The lessons for us today couldn't be clearer or more poignant.' Daniel J. Monti, Saint Louis University, Missouri

    'This study examines the Japanese American internment experience during WWII from a tenuous historical position: that it was done because of war and nationalism, not racism. Lotchin defines the different groups in this interned community: Issei, who immigrated at the turn of the 20th century, were denied citizenship by law, and often favored Japanese culture; Nisei, the sons and daughters of the Issei, who were American citizens by birth; and Kibei, Nisei who spent time in Japan, learned proper Japanese, and often favored the Japanese cause. In 1942, fearing a fifth column that would welcome Japanese invaders, the army and California believed that removal was the only answer. … The author labels as ideologues modern historians who define internment only as an act of racism. This is an edgy study, and the author sits on a difficult side of history. Summing Up: Recommended.' R. C. Doyle, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108410397
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: relocation, a racial obsession
    Part I. The Reach of American Racism?:
    1. Racism and anti-racism
    2. The ballad of Frankie Seto: winning despite the odds
    3. Chinese and European origins of the West Coast alien dilemma
    4. Impact of World War II: a multicausal brief
    5. The lagging backlash
    6. The looming Roberts Report
    7. Races and racism
    Part II. Concentration Camps or Relocation Centers? Definitions versus Historical Realities:
    8. Definition versus historical reality: concentration camps in Cuba, South Africa, and the Philippines
    9. Resistance or cooperation?
    10. Bowling in Twin Falls – an open-door leave policy
    11. Daily life: food, labor, sickness, and health
    12. Wartime attitudes toward relocation
    13. Family life, personal freedom, and combat fatigue
    14. Economics and the dust of Nikkei memory
    15. Consumerism: shopping at Sears
    16. The leisure revolution: Mary Kagoyama, the sweetheart of Manzanar
    17. Of horse stalls and modern 'memory' – housing and living conditions
    18. Politics
    19. Culture: of Judo and the Jive bombers
    20. Freedom of religion
    21. Education, the passion of Dillon Myer
    22. The right to know, information and the free flow of ideas
    23. Administrators and administration
    Part III. The Demise of Relocation:
    24. Politics of equilibrium – friends and enemies on the outside
    25. Endgame: termination of the centers
    26. Conclusion: the place of race
    27. Appendix: Historians and the Racism and Concentration Camp Puzzles by Zane l. Miller.

  • Author

    Roger W. Lotchin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Roger Williams Lotchin is Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he taught for almost 50 years. He is specialist in US home front studies and war and urban society, and the author of numerous books and articles, including Fortress California, 1910–1961: From Warfare to Welfare (1992), The Bad City in the Good War: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego (2003), and San Francisco, 1846–1856: From Hamlet to City (1974).

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