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Virtual Lecture – 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Segregation in the Military

Date(s) - Wednesday, May 25th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2What did it mean to be Japanese American and serve in the military during World War II when a majority of Japanese American counterparts were currently incarcerated in American internment camps for suspected disloyalty? What did it look like to be a part of a segregated regime where you only fought alongside those with similar ethnic backgrounds. What are the legacies and afterlives of segregated service?

Erin Aoyama, co-director of the Japanese American Memoryscape Project and curatorial assistant at the Japanese American National Museum, combines her research into Japanese Americans in the wartime South — the families and individuals incarcerated in southeastern Arkansas and the enlisted men training at Camp Shelby — with family stories about her grandfather’s life, from his childhood on a pineapple plantation in Maui to his service with the 442nd across Europe, to think about the meanings of citizenship, military service, race, and justice. 

This program will be shown virtual via Zoom. 
Museum Members $5 | Nonmembers $10

About the Presenter
Erin Aoyama is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Brown University. Her research is rooted in Asian American studies, 20th century American history, relational ethnic studies, and public humanities. Her dissertation takes up questions of race, place, and community repair within the afterlives of Japanese American incarceration and redress. In addition to her doctoral work, Aoyama is co-director of the Japanese American Memoryscape Project and a curatorial assistant at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Aoyama’s work, in her dissertation, through the Japanese American Memoryscape Project, and at JANM, is interested in the possibilities of justice-informed historical storytelling work. 

Image: Ansel Adams, Owens Valley, California 1943. Library of Congress. 14. In connection with Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, February 18 – May 29, 2022.

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