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.
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Introduction: relocation, a racial obsession Section I. The reach of American racism? Racism and anti-racism The ballad of Frankie Seto: winning despite the odds Chinese and European origins of the coast alien dilemma Impact of World War II: a multicusal brief The lagging backlash The looming Roberts Report Races and racism Section II. Concentration camps or relocation centers? Definitions versus historical reality: concentration camps in Cuba, South Africa, the Philippines Resistance or cooperation? Bowling in Twin Falls: an open-door leave policy Daily life: food, labor, sickness, and health Wartime attitudes toward relocation Family life, personal freedom, and combat fatigue Economics and the dust of Nikkei memory Consumerism: shopping at Sears The leisure revolution: Mary Kagoyama, the sweetheart of Manzanar Of horse stalls and modern memory-housing and living conditions Politics Culture: of judo and the jive bombers Freedom of religion Education, the passion of Dillon Myer The right to know, information and the free flow of ideas Administrators and administration Section III. The demise of relocation Politics of equilibrium-friends enemies on and the outside Endgame: termination of the centers Conclusion: the place of race.
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Print version: Lotchin, Roger W. Japanese-American relocation in World War II. Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018