Abstract

Naoko Shibusawa narrates the transnational odyssey of a Japanese dissident artist who fled Imperial Japan to the U.S. in 1939. A political refugee rather than a political prisoner like most Japanese/Americans during World War II, Taro Yashima propagandized for the U.S. to encourage Japanese soldiers to surrender and to live. Examining the power of both state-imposed and self-imposed nationalism in Yashima's life, Shibusawa shows how a transnational approach helps us rethink stories of immigrant success and go beyond the loyal/disloyal binary in Japanese American historiography.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1096-8598
Print ISSN
1097-2129
Pages
pp. 257-275
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-24
Open Access
No
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