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Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies)

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During World War II over 5,500 young Japanese Americans left the concentration camps to which they had been confined with their families in order to attend college. Storied Lives describes--often in their own words--how nisei students found schools to attend outside the West Coast exclusion zone and the efforts of white Americans to help them. The book is concerned with the deeds of white and Japanese Americans in a mutual struggle against racism, and argues that Asian American studies--indeed, race relations as a whole--will benefit from an understanding not only of racism but also of its opposition, antiracism.

To uncover this little known story, Gary Okihiro surveyed the colleges and universities the nisei attended, collected oral histories from nisei students and student relocation staff members, and examined the records of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council and other materials.

"Throughout the wartime years when Trudy King and I worked as volunteers in the National Student Relocation Council we had a constant sense of making history. We often talked about the book that we were going to write when the war was over, a book that would tell the story of the nisei students in their own words, but I was unable to do it. It was simply too painful. Gary Okihiro has done a splendid job! All we dreamed of for the book he has done."--Thomas R. Bodine, former West Coast Director, National Student Relocatioin Council

"This is a solid contribution that will add substantially to our growing body of knowledge and will be useful in rethinking current attitudes towards racism and anti-racist movements. In so doing, it will contribute towards a more generous and less cynical view of race relations."--Franklin S. Odo, Counselor to the Provost, Smithsonian Institution

Book News Annotation:

Recounts the little known story of over 5,500 young Japanese Americans who left the concentration camps where their families were confined to attend college outside the west coast exclusion zone. Focuses on the help they received from other Americans, both Japanese and not, and on their experiences as nisei students in wartime America.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-173) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295977966
With:
Ito, Leslie A.
Author:
Ito, Leslie A.
Author:
Okihiro, Gary Y.
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Location:
Seattle :
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Japanese American college students -- Economic conditions.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Japanese American college students
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Racism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
Asian American Studies
Subject:
Western History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies Paperback
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.51x5.53x.54 in. .55 lbs.

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