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The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration$
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Karen M. Inouye

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804795746

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804795746.001.0001

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Hakomite and the Cultivation of Empathy as Activism

Hakomite and the Cultivation of Empathy as Activism

(p.119) Four Hakomite and the Cultivation of Empathy as Activism
The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration
Karen M. Inouye
Stanford University Press

Chapter Four examines the intergenerational dynamics of afterlife, with particular attention to how third- and fourth-generation Nikkei in California have worked to perpetuate key aspects of Nikkei wartime experience. Two case studies form the heart of this chapter: the founding of formal pilgrimages to Manzanar, and the establishment of Fred Korematsu as a key figure in the narrative of incarceration and those who have fought it. In each of these cases, embodiment is crucial for the cultivation of empathetic identification and, thus, agency. Locating historical events with respect to specific sites and individuals, younger generations establish a form of continuing first-person address that demands both identification (as in the case of Korematsu) and imaginative reconstruction (in the case of Manzanar, which remains only in fragments of its original state).

Keywords:   California Assembly bill 1775, civil religion, embodiment, Warren Furutani, generational difference, hakomite, Fred Korematsu, Manzanar, pilgrimage, Victor Shibata

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