Imaging Japanese America: The Visual Construction of Citizenship, Nation, and the Body

Imaging Japanese America: The Visual Construction of Citizenship, Nation, and the Body

by Elena Tajima Creef, Sanford Levinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814716210

ISBN-13: 9780814716212

Pub. Date: 09/10/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

As we have been reminded by the renewed acceptance of racial profiling, and the detention and deportation of hundreds of immigrants of Arab and Muslim descent on unknown charges following September 11, in times of national crisis we take refuge in the visual construction of citizenship in order to imagine ourselves as part of a larger, cohesive national American

Overview

As we have been reminded by the renewed acceptance of racial profiling, and the detention and deportation of hundreds of immigrants of Arab and Muslim descent on unknown charges following September 11, in times of national crisis we take refuge in the visual construction of citizenship in order to imagine ourselves as part of a larger, cohesive national American community.

Beginning with another moment of national historical trauma—December 7, 1941 and the subsequent internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans—Imaging Japanese America unearths stunning and seldom seen photographs of Japanese Americans by the likes of Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Toyo Mitatake. In turn, Elena Tajima Creef examines the perspective from inside, as visualized by Mine Okubo's Maus-like dramatic cartoon and by films made by Asian Americans about the internment experience. She then traces the ways in which contemporary representations of Japanese Americans in popular culture are inflected by the politics of historical memory from World War II. Creef closes with a look at the representation of the multiracial Japanese American body at the turn of the millennium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814716212
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2012
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Carving Japanese American Memory into Place
1 The Representation of the Japanese American Body in the Documentary Photography of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake
2 Beyond the Camera and between the Words
Inserting Oneself into the Picture and into Japanese American
(Art) History—Mine Okubo’s Citizen and the Power of Visual Autobiography
3 The Gendering of Historical Trauma in Wartime Films and the Disciplining of the Japanese American Body
4 Museums, Memory, and Manzanar
Contesting Our National Japanese American Past through a Politics of Visibility
5 Another Lesson in “How to Tell Your Friends Apart from the Japs”
The Winter Olympics Showdown between Kristi Yamaguchi of the United States and Midori Ito of Japan
Epilogue
Imag(in)ing the Multiracial Japanese American Body at the Turn of the Millennium
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the author

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