An Absent Presence: Japanese Americans in Postwar American Culture, 1945-1960 - New Americanists (Paperback)Caroline Chung Simpson (author)
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Simpson argues that when popular journals or social theorists engaged the topic of Japanese American history or identity in the Cold War era they did so in a manner that tended to efface or diminish the complexity of their political and historical experience. As a result, the shadowy figuration of Japanese American identity often took on the semblance of an "absent presence." Individual chapters feature such topics as the case of the alleged Tokyo Rose, the Hiroshima Maidens Project, and Japanese war brides. Drawing on issues of race, gender, and nation, Simpson connects the internment episode to broader themes of postwar American culture, including the atomic bomb, McCarthyism, the crises of racial integration, and the anxiety over middle-class gender roles.
By recapturing and reexamining these vital flashpoints in the projection of Japanese American identity, Simpson fills a critical and historical void in a number of fields including Asian American studies, American studies, and Cold War history.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 236 x 146 x 19 mm
"This impressive and well-written book presents important new historical and cultural material in an understudied period within Asian American studies."-David Eng, author of Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America