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Race for Empire

Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II

Takashi Fujitani

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Regional- und Ländergeschichte

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Race for Empire offers a profound and challenging reinterpretation of nationalism, racism, and wartime mobilization during the Asia-Pacific war. In parallel case studies—of Japanese Americans mobilized to serve in the United States Army and of Koreans recruited or drafted into the Japanese military—T. Fujitani examines the U.S. and Japanese empires as they struggled to manage racialized populations while waging total war. Fujitani probes governmental policies and analyzes representations of these soldiers—on film, in literature, and in archival documents—to reveal how characteristics of racism, nationalism, capitalism, gender politics, and the family changed on both sides. He demonstrates that the United States and Japan became increasingly alike over the course of the war, perhaps most tellingly in their common attempts to disavow racism even as they reproduced it in new ways and forms.

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japanese americans, korean history, war and racism, us historians, asian american studies, cultural anthropology, japanese imperialism, military drama, asia and war, asian history, enemy combatants, war in asia, asia pacific modern, japanese historians, history, wwii history, us history, asian studies, war and battles, asian empire, america and japan, eastern asia studies, japanese colonialism, asia pacific war, korean historians, america and asia, allied forces, cultural studies, korean war history, japanese history