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Karen Tei Yamashita Fall 2022 Emeriti Lecture – Questions 27 & 28: Loyalty and Japanese American Incarceration

November 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  |  Cowell Ranch Hay Barn


In 1942, at the outset of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the incarceration of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast. The following year, the War Relocation Authority had the task of determining the loyalty of their inmates in order to release them for productive normalized lives outside camp. A loyalty questionnaire was distributed to assess “loyalty.” While many of the questions seemed innocuous, two questions in particular, 27 and 28, about willingness to serve in the US military and forswearing allegiance to the Japanese Emperor, were confusing and divisive within the incarcerated communities. The answering of these two questions created rifts within families and friends, with traumatic divisions that resonate to this day.

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Karen Tei YamashitaKaren Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Sansei and Sensibility, all published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a U.S. Artists’ Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


November 8, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
Ranch View Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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