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Book Description from Back CoverCombining heartfelt stories with first-rate scholarship. Lost and Found reveals the complexities of a people reclaiming their own history. For decades, victims of the United States' mass incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II were kept from understanding their experience by governmental cover-ups, euphemisms, and societal silence. Indeed the world as a whole knew little or nothing about this shamefully un-American event. The Japanese American National Museum mounted a critically acclaimed exhibition, America's Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese American Experience, with the twin goals of educating the general public and engaging former inmates in coming to grips with and telling their own history.
Author/curator Karen L. Ishizuka, a third-generation Japanese American, deftly blends official history with community memory to frame the historical moment of recovery within its cultural legacy. Detailing the interactive strategy that invited visitors to become part of this groundbreaking exhibition, Ishizuka narrates the processes of revelation and reclamation that unfolded as former internees and visitors alike confronted the experience of the camps. She also ponders how the dual act of recovering-and recovering from-history necessitates private and public mediation between remembering and forgetting, speaking out and remaining silent.
Comments from Back Cover"Karen Ishizuka's Lost and Found reclaims an important part of American history that was nearly forgotten. By exploring the meaning of the World War II camps from the inmates' own memories, this book achieves a level of intimacy that is not only profoundly moving, but is also essential to understanding the significance of the camps and the work of the Japanese American National Museum in preserving this history."
-Senator Daniel K. Inouye
"Ishizuka writes in an engaging style that balances philosophical insight with the clarity of facts. I highly recommend this book for a wide variety of readers inside and outside the academy."
Background on Karen L. IshizukaKAREN L. ISHIZUKA is an independent writer and documentary producer whose award-winning films include Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray and Something Strong Within. She served the Japanese American National Museum for its first fifteen years as senior curator, senior producer, and director of its Media Arts Center.
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