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Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration
Item No.: 150800


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By Stephen S. Fugita & Marilyn Fernandez.

Altered Lives, Enduring Community examines the long-term effects on Japanese Americans of their World War II experiences: forced removal from their Pacific Coast homes, incarceration in desolate government camps, and ultimate resettlement.

The authors use data from the first-ever, representative survey of a community of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during World War II, conducted as part of Seattle's Densho: Japanese American Legacy Project. Their often poignant account presents the contemporary, post-redress perspectives of former incarcerees and reveals the incarceration's consequences for their lives.

Fugita and Fernandez show how prewar social and economic networks and the specific characteristics of the incarceration and resettlement on social relationships and community structure, educational and occupational trajectories, marriage and childbearing, and military service and draft resistance. The consequences of initial resettlement location and religious orientation are also examined. Throughout, the role of the Japanese American community in the prewar and postwar periods provides an interpretive backdrop.

Paper: 253 pp. B/w photos.

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