2008 National Conference » Events

Sharing a Historic Space: African Americans, Native Americans, and Nikkei

Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal

Sara Begay
Martha Nakagawa, Journalist
Ruth Okimoto

Topic: Defining, Preserving and Expanding the Community
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall B & C, 3rd Floor

The World War II relocation/dislocation experience of West Coast Japanese American communities led, on the one hand, to Nikkei being detained on Native American land in Arizona and Utah, and on the other hand, to westward-bound African American war workers and their families resettling in and refashioning vacated coastal metropolitan Japantowns from Seattle to San Diego. This panel takes up not merely the wartime situation of these conjoined racial-ethnic communities, but also the postwar phenomenon of developing strategies for accommodating their respective historical and memory claims to common ground.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080705-sharing-a-historic-space.mp3 (16.4 MB)