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The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma: Racial Performativity and World War II

Emily Roxworthy


This book contests the notion that the U.S. government’s internment policies during World War II had little impact on the postwar lives of most Japanese Americans. After the curtain was lowered on the war following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many Americans behaved as if the “theatre of war” had ended and life could return to normal. This book demonstrates that this theatrical logic of segregating the real from the staged grew out of the manner in which internment was agitated for and instituted by the U.S. government and media. During the war, Japanese Americans struggled to defin ... More

Keywords: World War II, internment, Japanese Americans, FBI, wartime, evacuation, Manzanar, Tule Lake, American national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832209
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Roxworthy, author
University of California, San Diego