2008 National Conference » Events

Perceived Threats: Being Persons of Japanese Ancestry in the Territory of Hawai`i and Canada During World War II

Lloyd Inui, Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Norman Okihiro, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Mount St. Vincent University
Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal

Topic: Passing It Forward
Date: Friday, July 4, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor

Professor Greg Robinson of the University of Quebec, Montreal examines the paradoxical impact of martial law rule in the Territory of Hawai`i during World War II on the freedom and status of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Similarly, Professor Norman Okihiro of Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax examines the removal of Canadian Japanese from western Canada to interior locales in Canada. These two less well known cases of the World War II treatment of persons of Japanese ancestry, as compared to the plight of mainland Japanese Americans, should spark audience discussion and questions regarding these events, and how the dangers that overt and latent biases and prejudices against persons perceived as threats works to the detriment of the rights and freedoms of all of us.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080704-perceived-threats.mp3 (25.7 MB)