Jim and Jap Crow: A Cultural History of 1940s Interracial America by Matthew M. Briones
After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the US government arrested more than 100,000 Japanese Americans and sent them to concentration camps. One of those arrested was Charles Kikuchi.…
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After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the US government arrested more than 100,000 Japanese Americans and sent them to concentration camps. One of those arrested was Charles Kikuchi.
In thousands of diary pages, he documented his experiences in the camps, resettled him in Chicago, drafted the army on the eve of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and post-war life as a social worker in New York City. Kikuchi's diaries mark a crucial era in US race relations, revealing the promise and hypocrisy of American democracy.
Jim and Jap Crow follow Kikuchi's personal tragedy among South American intellectuals, immigrant activists, sociologists at Chicago School, ordinary South Side people in Chicago, and psychologically disabled veterans in New York hospitals. The book tells a remarkable moment in the history of America, where ethnic alliances have challenged the elusive democratic idealism in which the nation was forced to choose between civil liberty and policies that are afraid of racial hysteria.
It was the age of world war and the atomic bomb, the abolition of apartheid in the army, but Jim and Jap Crowe elsewhere in America, and the progressive progress hoped for that gave way to the frenzy of the Cold War. Jim and Jap Crow look at Kikuchi's life and their memoirs as a lens through which to monitor the possibilities, failures and key talks in a multi-ethnic, dynamic America..
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