National Fellows Contact Accomplishments
Photography of Toyo Miyatake Prior to Incarceration (formerly Three Japanese American Artists) Karen Higa, doctoral student in Art History, UCLA
Draft of dissertation proposal to look at the photography of Toyo Miyatake's artistic activity in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo before incarceration.
Dislocations: The Cultural Geography of Japanese American Internment Lynne Horiuchi, doctoral student in History of Art/Architecture, UC Santa Barbara 1) Development of a book looking at incarceration as issue of physical (spatial) containment and dispersal; 2) ordering of JA Family Album Project photo records for archiving; 3) drafting article for American Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
The Impact of Internment on Communities in Los Angeles Scott Kurashige, doctoral student in History, UCLA
Completed a prospectus of primary research and interviews on the dissertation topic: "Neighborhood Formation in the Los Angeles Westside, 1925-1975".
Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Looking for Role Models in Our Japanese American History Jean Ishibashi, Ph.D candidate in Education, UC Berkeley
Paper looks JA women activists who built cross-cultural coalitions and alliances post WWII. Completed oral histories and written testimonies; collected primary documents and dissertation drafted. Dissertation to be published December 1998.
A History of Un/Saying: Silence, Memory and Historiography in Asian American Women's Narratives Patricia Duncan, Ph.D candidate in Women's Studies, Emory University
Conducted research for doctoral dissertation which focuses on the "uses" of silence, or textual ruptures and discontinuities, in the writings of Asian American women.
Memory, or the Persistence of History: Japanese American Media and the Post-Internment Experience Glen Masato Mimura, Ph.D student, History of Consciousness Program, UC Santa Cruz
Cultural analysis of several films and videos on the aftermath of the Redress and Reparations movement. The analysis was included as chapter in his doctoral dissertation and for a book Asian American Screen Cultures to be published Fall 1998.
Nisei Women and the Student Relocation Movement Leslie Akemi Ito, MA student in Asian American Studies, UCLA
Completed masters thesis "Japanese American Women and the Student Relocation Movement". Also produced 69 page research paper on lives of Nisei women who went to college during WWII.
Property and Internment Kyungwon Grace Hong, PhD student, Dept of Literature, UC San Diego
Completed key chapter of dissertation which uses Alien Land Acts to demonstrate ways incarceration was motivated by white property interests. Shorter version of paper accepted for publication in American Literature.
Japanese American Women: From Internee to Activist Susan Nakaoka, MA student in Asian Am Stds, UCLA
Masters thesis (to be completed 8/98) on experiences of 5 Nisei women and how socio-historical forces such as WWII, incarceration, redress and JA culture affected development as political activists. Includes oral histories.
Japanese Americans and Aging: Towards an Interreligous Spirituality Peter Yuichi Clark, PhD student in Religon, Emory University
Conducting research on the intersection of aging concerns, ethnic identity, and spiritualities of Nisei men and woman.
Japanese American Retail Consumption, Business Centers and Local Economy in S CA Stacey Yukari Hirose, PhD candidate in History, UCLA
Investigating three Nikkei communities-Sawtelle, Gardena, and Crenshaw-from 1930's to present. Will focus on how incarceration disrupted economic development of these Nikkei communities and impact of resettlement on redevelopment of Nikkei business.
Printing the News That's Fit to Frame: Content Analysis of NY Times' Coverage of JA Internment During WWII Jean Y. Hibino, MA Candidate in Mass Communication, Emerson College
Will conduct analysis of the construction and framing of language used by NY Times in describing wartime internment, coupled with a quantitative analysis of how the government's decision was covered.
Japanese American Mine and Railroad Populations in the Interior West: 1920-45 Andrew B. Russell, PhD in History, Arizona State University
Will review contributions of Japanese Nevadans in industrial sector; comparison of their experience to JAs incarcerated, and comparison to the experience of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans in these industries during WWII.
Japanese American Internment and Seasonal Worker Leave: Economics, Race and Resistance Sonya Kristina Smith, PhD Candidate in American Culture, University of Michigan
Reviews use of and government sanctions of seasonal agricultural workers in WY, MN, CO and UT during WWII. Analysis of the use of JA internees and "imported" Mexican braceros in 1942 and 1943 to save the harvests from ruin due to massive labor shortages.
Japanese Americans and Cultures of Relocation John Streamas, PhD Candidate in American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Interdisciplinary study of race in America which contextualizes the incarceration of JAs within the larger narratives of racism.
Reasoned Protest: A History of Nisei Draft Resisters Kenji Glenn Taguma, MA in Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University Historical analysis of Nisei draft resisters from incarceration camps other than Heart Mountain, particularly from Amache, CO camp and resisters in Tuscon, AZ. Will include psychological profile of resisters explaining reasons for decision to resist.
Japanese Latin American Internment During WWII From the Okinawan Perspeective Wesley Iwao Uenten, Ph.D in Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Conducting research and documentation of the experiences of Okinawan Latin Americans who were interned during WWII by the US government through investigation of primary and secondary sources and conducting oral history interviews of internees.
Planning and the Internment of JA: The Hidden History of Planning's Influence in the Creation and Administration of Internment Camps Ayanna S. Yonemura, Doctoral student in Urban Planning, UCLA
Examines the role of city and regional planning in the internment of JAs and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Analysis of 1) social planning; 2) physical planning; 3) linkages between the planning profession and WRA.
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