Double Cross: Japanese Americans in Black and White Chicago by Jacalyn D. Harden

By Jacalyn D. Harden

Because the nice Migration of the early 20th century, Chicago has been a cauldron of race family members, symbolizing the tenacity of discrimination and segregation. yet as in different towns with major populations of Latinos and Asians, Arabs and Jews, this photograph belies advanced racial dynamics. In Double go, Jacalyn D. Harden offers a necessary rethinking of the methods we comprehend and speak about race, utilizing an exam of the japanese American group of Chicago's a long way North facet to shape an leading edge new framework for race, id, and political switch.

The jap American group in Chicago quickly elevated among 1940 and 1950 within the aftermath of wartime internment and govt relocation courses. Harden tells their tale via archival examine and interviews with many of the first eastern americans who have been relocated to Chicago within the Forties, incorporating her personal stories as an African American student who has lived in Japan. the result's a compelling and stunning account of racial interactions, person who clarifies the advanced interweaving among black and Asian lives and reclaims a misplaced historical past of harmony among the 2 teams.

Moving from the good Migration to the ''great relocation'' to gentrification, Harden explores the shared heritage of civil rights struggles that firmly hyperlinks eastern and African american citizens, most significantly the difficulty of reparations (for internment in the course of international conflict II and slavery, respectively). She describes the efforts of jap american citizens to ''double-cross the colour line'' by means of development coalitions throughout race, age, and sophistication limitations, and their vexed place as occasionally ''colored,'' occasionally white (for instance, the japanese American soldier who was once recommended to exploit the white washrooms at boot camp in Alabama in the course of international battle II, whereas hundreds of thousands have been being relocated to internment camps).

Double move is an immense contribution to our considered race family members, demanding orthodoxy and laying off new mild at the advanced identities, conflicting pursuits, and exterior forces that experience outlined the concept that of race within the usa.

Jacalyn D. Harden is assistant professor of anthropology at Seattle collage.

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What I do believe is that such articles are examples of the ways that Japanese Americans in the early postwar years were seeing themselves depicted and what images Japanese American “lifestyle magazines” offered up to their readers. The connections between Japanese Americans and other nonwhites (black Americans in particular) did not show up only in race magazines like Scene and Ebony. Mainstream readers could see the two groups in tandem in a variety of publications in the years on either side of World War II.

It seems as if I lived my entire academic career in the midst of one of the biggest intellectual duels of the twentieth century. Where exactly I fit within the nasty arguments and fights over intellectual authenticity probably depends on who is judging. I am drawn as much to the images of the Japanese American/black relationship as I am to the raced realities that created them. But at the same time, as much as the seductive newspaper headlines, magazine covers, and movie reviews call out to be analyzed and deconstructed, there can be no turning away from the material realities that buttress such images.

These data were never supposed to go unused. On the contrary, I had planned that this information would be at the center of what would become my doctoral dissertation. At the beginning of my research I had every intention of conducting a study of the Japanese national community in Chicago. 1 I used my connections as a former Japanese government employee to obligate consulate employees to agree to my interviews. I did the same at a suburban elementary school run by the Japanese government for Japanese nationals.

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