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A Race So DifferentPerformance and Law in Asian America$
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Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738399

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738399.001.0001

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Performing Patriotism in the Japanese American Concentration Camps

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A Race So Different

Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the performances of patriotism that characterized everyday life in the Japanese American Concentration camps. These camps evidence the violent history of Asian American racialization by the state. One of which is deployed performances of patriotism by Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee (HMFPC) members to critically trouble both the state's claim to the Japanese American body and the legitimacy of the camps. The HMFPC strategically used patriotic performances to create an archive of the actual violence of the concentration camps as well as to assert other possibilities for Japanese American subjectivity against the limited options proffered by the state.

Keywords:   patriotism, Japanese American Concentration camps, patriotic performance, Japanese American subjectivity

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