By Caroline Chung Simpson

There were many reports at the compelled relocation and internment of approximately 120,000 eastern americans in the course of global conflict II. yet An Absent Presence is the 1st to target how well known representations of this exceptional episode in U.S. heritage affected the formation of chilly battle tradition. Caroline Chung Simpson exhibits how the portrayal of this financial and social disenfranchisement haunted—and even shaped—the expression of yank race family and nationwide id during the center of the 20th century.
Simpson argues that after renowned journals or social theorists engaged the subject of eastern American heritage or identification within the chilly conflict period they did so in a fashion that tended to efface or reduce the complexity in their political and historic adventure. hence, the shadowy figuration of jap American identification frequently took at the semblance of an “absent presence.” person chapters function such themes because the case of the alleged Tokyo Rose, the Hiroshima Maidens venture, and eastern warfare brides. Drawing on problems with race, gender, and kingdom, Simpson connects the internment episode to broader topics of postwar American tradition, together with the atomic bomb, McCarthyism, the crises of racial integration, and the anxiousness over middle-class gender roles.
By recapturing and reexamining those important flashpoints within the projection of jap American id, Simpson fills a severe and ancient void in a few fields together with Asian American reports, American experiences, and chilly battle history.

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