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Storied Lives

Japanese American Students and World War II

Gary Y. Okihiro Afterword by Leslie A. Ito

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  • Published: 1999
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies
    Western History
  • Bibliographic information: 208 pp., 15 illus., notes, bibliog., index
  • Territorial rights: world
  • Series: The Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies
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During World War II over 5,500 young Japanese Americans left the concentration camps to which they had been confined with their families in order to attend college. Storied Lives describes—often in their own words—how nisei students found schools to attend outside the West Coast exclusion zone and the efforts of white Americans to help them. The book is concerned with the deeds of white and Japanese Americans in a mutual struggle against racism, and argues that Asian American studies—indeed, race relations as a whole—will benefit from an understanding not only of racism but also of its opposition, antiracism.

To uncover this little known story, Gary Okihiro surveyed the colleges and universities the nisei attended, collected oral histories from nisei students and student relocation staff members, and examined the records of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council and other materials.

Gary Y. Okihiro is professor of history and director of the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell University. He is the author of several volumes in ethnic studies, including Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture and Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II.

“Throughout the wartime years when Trudy King and I worked as volunteers in the National Student Relocation Council we had a constant sense of making history. We often talked about the book that we were going to write when the war was over, a book that would tell the story of the nisei students in their own words, but I was unable to do it. It was simply too painful. Gary Okihiro has done a splendid job! All we dreamed of for the book he has done.”—Thomas R. Bodine, former West Coast Director, National Student Relocatioin Council

“This is a solid contribution that will add substantially to our growing body of knowledge and will be useful in rethinking current attitudes towards racism and anti-racist movements. In so doing, it will contribute towards a more generous and less cynical view of race relations.”—Franklin S. Odo, Counselor to the Provost, Smithsonian Institution

Contents
Acknowledgments
Preface
An Uneventful Life
Toward a Better Society
Exemplars
Yearbook Portraits
A Thousand Cranes
Antiracism
Afterword: Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Reviews