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Japanese American Resettlement Through The Lens

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Host Nell Cole

Co-Host: Mindy Nettiffee

Japanese American Resettlement Through The Lens

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi

Hikaru Carl Iwasaki and the WRA’S  (War Relocation Authority photographs)

Photographic Section, 1943-1945

Americans distrusted anyone of Japanese ancestry so Hikaru Carl Iwasaki and the WRA took thousands of photographs to convince the public otherwise, Through their skillful portraits, they strove to tell a different story: The story of a population that was unjustly deprived of Liberty but, despite all it had suffered, was willing to take the risk and reenter society before the war was even over.

We will be discussing Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and the effects on the Japanese American lives and history. Please welcome Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., is Professor of Asian American Studies, and has a Professorship in Japanese American Redress, Internment and Community." He is the Author of JAPANESE AMERICAN RESETTLEMENT THROUGH THE LENS.

“Receiving and holding the Aratani Endowed Chair gives me a wonderful opportunity to consolidate my work in the field of Japanese American Studies,” Lane noted recently.  Among his on-going projects are (1) a study of Japanese American resettlement in Colorado, 1942-1946; (2) a book about the tens of thousands of War Relocation Authority photographs of Japanese American resettlement; and (3) a series of articles about current developments in the Japanese American community and within Japanese American Studies.          

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