Relocating Authority [electronic resource] : Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration / Mira Shimabukuro
- Shimabukuro, Mira
- Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, 
- Physical Description:
- xiv, 250 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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- Writing-to-Redress : Attending to Nikkei Literacies of Survivance -- ReCollecting Nikkei Dissidence : The Politics of Archival Recovery and Community Self-Knowledge -- ReCollected Tapestries : The Circumstances Behind Writing-to-Redress -- Me Inwardly Before I Dared : Attending Silent Literacies of Gaman -- Everyone put in a word : The Multisources of Collective Authority Behind Public Writing-to-Redress -- Another Earnest Petition : ReWriting Mothers of Minidoka -- Relocating Authority : Expanding the Significance of Writing-to-Redress -- Appendices.
- "Relocating Authority examines the ways Japanese Americans have continually used writing to respond to the circumstances of their community's mass imprisonment during World War II. Using both Nikkei cultural frameworks and community-specific history for methodological inspiration and guidance, Mira Shimabukuro shows how writing was used privately and publicly to individually survive and collectively resist the conditions of incarceration. Examining a wide range of diverse texts and literacy practices such as diary entries, note-taking, manifestos, and multiple drafts of single documents, Relocating Authority draws upon community archives, visual histories, and Asian American history and theory to reveal the ways writing has served as a critical tool for incarcerees and their descendants. Incarcerees not only used writing to redress the 'internment' in the moment but also created pieces of text that enabled and inspired further redress long after the camps had closed. Relocating Authority highlights literacy's enduring potential to participate in social change and assist an imprisoned people in relocating authority away from their captors and back to their community and themselves. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of ethnic and Asian American rhetorics, American studies, and anyone interested in the relationship between literacy and social justice"--
- Japanese Americans—Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945—Historiography
- Japanese Americans—Reparations—History—20th century
- Authority—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century
- Creative writing—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century
- Literacy—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century
- Japanese Americans—Intellectual life—20th century
- Japanese Americans—Social conditions—20th century
- Community life—United States—History—20th century
- Social change—United States—History—20th century
- Social justice—United States—History—20th century
- 9781607324003 (paperback : alkaline paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-242) and index.
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