Opening Reception - "Looking Like the Enemy: The WWII Japanese-American Experience"

Thursday, November 17, 2016
5 p.m.–7 p.m.

Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons

A Hartnett Gallery Exhibit: Nov 17 - Dec 11

INTERNMENT - The Japanese American Experience in World War II: A Pilgrimage to WWII Japanese-American Internment Camps with Historical Ephemera from the Re-Envisioning Japan Collection

Photographer: Margaret Miyake

Margaret Miyake's photographs and captions by Notch Miyake document their journey to the WWII "relocation" camps where 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during the war. Their pilgrimage to these remote and desolate places that resonate with historical and spiritual significance is given broader context by historical ephemera from Joanne Bernardi's Re-Envisioning Japan Collection. WWII anti-Japanese propaganda provides a snapshot of race prejudice and war-mongering that is especially unsettling in the context of today's political climate. The Re-Envisioning Japan Collection will be donated to the River Campus Libraries Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, and will be made available for research. 

Free and open to the public 

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Hartnett Gallery, the Digital Humanities Center of River Campus Libraries, the Humanities Project, the American Studies Program, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Film and Media Studies Program