From Sites of Memory to Cybersights

(Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences

1. Edition, 2007
395 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5139-7
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 141
Available: 30.11.2007

Keywords: amerikanische Gesellschaft, Japaner, Internierung, Weltkrieg (1939-1945), USA, Kalifornien, Japan, Ansel, Adam, Ansel, Gedenkstätte, 2. Weltkrieg, kollektives Gedächtnis, kulturelle Identität, Weltkrieg <1939-1945>

This interdisciplinary study explores the legacies of Japanese American World War II internment experiences and the factors influencing the construction and mediation of cultural memory and national/ethnic identity in the United States. It discusses issues of contested memory and shows how once repressed historic events are selectively commemorated or even erased. By focusing on representations of Japanese American internment experiences recovered, reframed or created since the 1980s, the study acknowledges that these experiences continue to be reevaluated in a climate of ethnic politicization. Covering sites of memory ranging from historic places of Japanese American internment to memorials built both at centers of Japanese American cultural life as well as at centers of national cultural identity, the study also critically approaches sites - or rather sights - in cyberspace that may be visited only virtually, thus taking the scholarship of American memory studies into the digital realm.

Eric J. Sandeen in: Amerikastudien / American Studies, 55.3 (2010), 530ff

Vanessa Künnemann in: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Vol. 57.4 (2009), 426ff