Following the 1945 attack on Pearl Harbor and America's declaration of war on Japan, the U.S. War Department allowed for up to five hundred second-generation, or ""Nisei,"" Japanese American women to enlist in the Women's Army Corps and, in smaller numbers, in the army medical corps. The true number who did so is unknown to this day. Many of these women, eager to demonstrate their loyalty to the United States at a time when their ethnicity seemed to call that loyalty into question, enlisted directly from internment camps where they had been confined since soon after Pearl Harbor. Why did these women answer the call to service at a time when Japanese Americans were being denied their rights by being herded into internment camps? Through in-depth interviews with surviving Nisei women who served, Brenda Lee Moore provides fascinating firsthand accounts of their experiences. Moore supplements these interviews with extensive archival research, including a number of personal biographies, to place these women's stories in historical context. Interested primarily in shedding light on the experiences of Nisei women during the war, the author argues for the relevance of these experiences to larger questions of American race relations and views on gender and how they interact, particularly in the country's highly charged wartime atmosphere. Uncovering a page in American history that has been obscured, Moore adds nuance to our understanding of the situation of Japanese Americans during the war.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press ISBN: 9780813532783 Number of pages: 256 Weight: 358 g Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect.
Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.
Thank you for your reservation
Your order is now being processed and we have sent a confirmation email to you at
This item can be requested from the shops shown below. If this item isn't available to be reserved nearby, add the item to your basket instead and select 'Deliver to my local shop' at the checkout, to be able to collect it from there at a later date.
When will my order be ready to collect?
Following the initial email, you will be contacted by the shop to confirm that your item is available for collection.
Call us on or send us an email at
Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order
Please try again or alternatively you can contact your chosen shop on or send us an email at