The publication of this book is a milestone, if only because the history of Japanese American ‘resettlement’ is relatively unknown. Through its text and fascinating photos, Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens sheds a great deal of light on what this process was all about, from the point of view of both the Japanese Americans who experienced it firsthand and the federal bureaucrats who carried it out.”
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project presents a free talk by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi on July 25 at 2:00pm. Asian American studies scholar Hirabayashi will explore the government's use of photography in the process of "resettling" Japanese Americans out of internment camps and into communities around the country in the 1940s. He will discuss his latest book, Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens: Hikaru Iwasaki and the WRA's Photographic Section, 1943-1945. This richly illustrated book investigates questions related to official photographs produced for the War Relocation Authority, the government agency in charge of the internment camps. How were the photographs staged? How were they used to influence public opinion during and after the war? Lane Hirabayashi is chairman of the Asian American Studies Department and the George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress, and Community at UCLA.
This event is free of charge. No tickets are required. Seating is unreserved.
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