The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration By Frank Abe

  • Narrated by: Frank Abe, Keone Young, Ren Hanami, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Greg Watanabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Release date: 05-14-24

The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration By Frank Abe AudioBook summary

The collective voice of Japanese Americans defined by a specific moment in time: the four years of World War II during which the US government expelled resident aliens and its own citizens from their homes and imprisoned 125,000 of them in American concentration camps, based solely upon the race they shared with a wartime enemy.

A Penguin Classic

This anthology presents a new vision that recovers and reframes the literature produced by the people targeted by the actions of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress to deny Americans of Japanese ancestry any individual hearings or other due process after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. From nearly seventy selections of fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, and letters emerges a shared story of the struggle to retain personal integrity in the face of increasing dehumanization—all anchored by the key government documents that incite the action.

The selections favor the pointed over the poignant, and the unknown over the familiar, with several new translations among previously unseen works that have been long overlooked on the shelf, buried in the archives, or languished unread in the Japanese language. The writings are presented chronologically so that listeners can trace the continuum of events as the incarcerees experienced it.


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