An Absent Presence: Japanese Americans in Postwar American by Caroline Chung Simpson

By Caroline Chung Simpson

There were many experiences at the compelled relocation and internment of approximately 120,000 eastern american citizens in the course of global battle II. yet An Absent Presence is the 1st to target how well known representations of this extraordinary episode in U.S. background affected the formation of chilly battle tradition. Caroline Chung Simpson exhibits how the portrayal of this financial and social disenfranchisement haunted—and even shaped—the expression of yankee race family members and nationwide identification through the center of the 20 th century.
Simpson argues that once well known journals or social theorists engaged the subject of eastern American heritage or identification within the chilly conflict period they did so in a way that tended to efface or reduce the complexity in their political and historic event. hence, the shadowy figuration of jap American identification frequently 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 eastern warfare brides. Drawing on problems with race, gender, and country, 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 anxiousness over middle-class gender roles.
By recapturing and reexamining those very important flashpoints within the projection of jap American identification, Simpson fills a serious and old void in a few fields together with Asian American reviews, American reports, and chilly battle history.

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