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Meet the Author: Karen Inouye

The Long Life of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 5:00pm

CAHI House, 1211 East Atwater Avenue

In The Long Life of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration (Stanford, 2016), Karen Inouye reexamines the history of imprisonment of U.S. and Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.

Drawing on interviews and untapped archival materials—regarding politicians Norman Mineta and Warren Furutani, sociologist Tamotsu Shibutani, and Canadian activists Art Miki and Mary Kitagawa, among others—Inouye considers the experiences of former wartime prisoners and their on-going involvement in large-scale educational and legislative efforts. Incarceration of immigrant populations is once again headline news, making Inouye’s work disturbingly timely. Come hear what her research tells us about the mechanisms by which injustice can transform both its victims and its perpetrators, and the dangers of suspending rights during times of crisis as well as the opportunities for more empathetic agency.

Karen Inouye is Associate Professor of American Studies at IU Bloomington. In addition to support from CAHI, she has received fellowships, grants, and awards from New Frontiers, and the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES).