From Concentration Camp to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II

From Concentration Camp to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II

by Allan W. Austin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 025202933X

ISBN-13: 9780252029332

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

In the aftermath of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the systematic exile and incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans, the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council was born. Created to facilitate the movement of Japanese American college students from concentration camps to colleges away from the West Coast, this privately organized and funded

Overview

In the aftermath of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the systematic exile and incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans, the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council was born. Created to facilitate the movement of Japanese American college students from concentration camps to colleges away from the West Coast, this privately organized and funded agency helped more than 4,000 incarcerated students pursue higher education at more than 600 schools during World War II.

Allan W. Austin's From Concentration Camp to Campus examines the Council's work and the challenges it faced in an atmosphere of pervasive wartime racism. Austin also reveals the voices of students as they worked to construct their own meaning for wartime experiences under pressure of forced and total assimilation. Austin argues that the resettled students succeeded in integrating themselves into the wider American society without sacrificing their connections to community and their Japanese cultural heritage.

About the Author:
Allan W. Austin is an associate professor of history at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252029332
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Asian American Experience Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Roger Daniels     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction: "Ambassadors of Goodwill"     1
Creating the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council     9
Living in Hope and Working on Faith, Summer 1942     37
In "Free America," Fall 1942-Summer 1943     62
Change and New Challenges in a World at War, Fall 1943-Summer 1944     97
Closing Down and Saying Sayonara, 1944-46     129
Conclusion: Memory and the Meaning of Student Resettlement     161
Appendixes
Attendees at May 29, 1942, Meeting in Chicago     173
Attendees at September 29, 1943, Meeting in New York City     175
Notes     177
Selected Bibliography     223
Index     230

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