2008 National Conference » Events

An Overview of Nikkei Incarceration: World War II Assembly, Relocation, Isolation, Segregation, and Internment Camps

Jeffery Burton, National Park Service

Louis Fiset, Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Tetsuden Kashima, Professor, American Ethnic Studies Department, University of Washington

Topic: Basic Introduction
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Capitol 4, 4th Floor

When Americans, including many of Japanese ancestry, talk about “the camps,” they are referring to the ten so-called “relocation” camps administered by the War Relocation Authority. Far less is known, both within and outside the Nikkei community, about the array of other types of camps in which Japanese Americans were incarcerated during (and even after) World War II. The intent of this panel is to serve as a primer in respect to the nature, location, governance, purpose, legal status, linguistic propriety, historical experience, and the enduring legacy of all of these detention facilities.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080705-nikkei-incarceration.mp3 (13.9 MB)