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Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration
by Mira Shimabukuro
The George and Sakaye Aratani
Nikkei in the Americas Series,
edited by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi
"A significant, often beautifully written book . . . Relocating Authority will make an important contribution to the field."
---John Duffy, University of Notre Dame
"Relocating Authority engages writing to redress as internment camp literacy practice through the lens of rhetorical attendance, thus modeling a new way of seeing/listening for rhetoric that will greatly inform scholars and students from a variety of fields including rhetoric and writing studies and Asian American studies."
--LuMing Mao, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
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.
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