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Exhibit: "Internment: The Japanese-American Experience in World War II"

November 17, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons (2nd Floor), River Campus

Miyake Poster

The departments of Modern Languages & Cultures, English, and History; the American Studies and Film & Media Studies programs; the River Campus Libraries Digital Humanities Center; the Hartnett Gallery; and the Humanities Project present

"Internment: The Japanese-American Experience in World War II"

a pilgrimage to WWII Japanese-American internment camps, featuring photographs by Margaret Miyake and historical ephemera from Joanne Bernardi's Re-Envisioning Japan Collection.

Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, December 11
Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons (2nd Floor), River Campus

This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct any questions to the Hartnett Gallery (585-275-4188;

Two months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast were forcibly removed from their homes and amassed in remote "relocation" camps. Almost two-thirds were second- or third-generation Japanese-American citizens born in the US. In the rush to comply with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's order, many families were forced to sell homes and businesses, often at a fraction of their value. Throughout the war they lived in tar-paper barracks surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers. Seventy years after the last camp closed, Notch and Margaret Miyake traveled to these sites to document the remains of this dark hour in US history. A lecture by Notch Miyake on the Japanese-American wartime experience and Margaret Miyake's contemporary photographs of the campsites today draw their inspiration from this journey. Margaret's photographs (with captions by Notch) will be exhibited in the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons, contextualized with WWII anti-Japanese propaganda from the Re-Envisioning Japan digital humanities project led by Joanne Bernardi, Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Event flier (PDF)

Category: Departmental Events