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Author Roxworthy, Emily, author

Title The spectacle of Japanese American trauma : racial performativity and World War II / Emily Roxworthy
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʼi Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 231 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction. Staging the Trauma of Japanese American Internment -- 1. "A Race of Ingenious Marionettes": Theatricalizing the Japanese, 1853-1946 -- 2. Spectacularizing Japanese American Suspects: The Genealogy of the FBI's Post-Pearl Harbor Raids -- 3. Performative Citizenship and Anti-Japanese Melodrama: The Mass Media Construction of Home Front Nationalism -- 4. "Manzanar, the Eyes of the World Are upon You": Internee Performance and Archival Ambivalence -- 5. Transnational Theatre at the Tule Lake Segregation Center
Summary "In The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma, Emily Roxworthy 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. Roxworthy demonstrates that this theatrical logic of segregating the real from the staged, the authentic experience from the political display, 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 define themselves within the web of this theatrical logic, and they continue to reenact this trauma in public and private to this day."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-223) and index
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Subject Concentration camps -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Mass media and the war.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Psychological aspects.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.
United States -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0824865049 (electronic bk.)
1441619828 (electronic bk.)
9780824865047 (electronic bk.)
9781441619822 (electronic bk.)
(hbk. ; alk. paper)
(hbk. ; alk. paper)