Caroline Chung Simpson's An Absent Presence: Japanese Americans in Postwar American PDF

By Caroline Chung Simpson

ISBN-10: 0822327465

ISBN-13: 9780822327462

ISBN-10: 0822327562

ISBN-13: 9780822327561

There were many reviews at the compelled relocation and internment of approximately 120,000 jap americans in the course of global battle II. yet An Absent Presence is the 1st to target how well known representations of this unheard of episode in U.S. historical past affected the formation of chilly battle tradition. Caroline Chung Simpson indicates how the portrayal of this financial and social disenfranchisement haunted—and even shaped—the expression of yank race relatives and nationwide identification through the center of the 20th century.
Simpson argues that after well known journals or social theorists engaged the subject of eastern American historical past or id within the chilly battle period they did so in a way that tended to efface or cut back the complexity in their political and historic event. accordingly, the shadowy figuration of eastern American id usually took at the semblance of an “absent presence.” person chapters characteristic such themes because the case of the alleged Tokyo Rose, the Hiroshima Maidens venture, and jap warfare brides. Drawing on problems with race, gender, and kingdom, Simpson connects the internment episode to broader subject matters of postwar American tradition, together with the atomic bomb, McCarthyism, the crises of racial integration, and the nervousness over middle-class gender roles.
By recapturing and reexamining those very important flashpoints within the projection of jap American id, Simpson fills a severe and ancient void in a couple of fields together with Asian American stories, American stories, and chilly conflict history.

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