March 7, 2017

Art, Literature, and the Japanese American Internment: On by Thomas Girst

By Thomas Girst

How can paintings, how can prose and poetry originate despite the restraints of manipulation, propaganda, and censorship? This research explores such matters via targeting the cultural trajectory of jap American internment, either in the course of and after global conflict II. formerly unknown records in addition to interviews with family and friends exhibit new elements of John Okada’s (1923–1971) lifestyles and writing, offering a complete biographical define of the writer. The ebook refutes the belief that Okada’s novel No-No Boy was all yet refrained from while first released in 1957. a detailed studying in addition to a comparative examine regarding Italo Calvino’s (1923–1985) Six Memos for the following Millennium (1985) place Okada’s merely ebook as global literature.

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Classes on the history of Western and Modern Art were often taught in camp, and Japanese American artists quoted Courbet, Cézanne or the Post-­Impressionists as influences. 84 Either way, it should be obvious that both aesthetic and political coordinates play a crucial role in examining Japanese American art and literature of the time, the two not being mutually exclusive. “These paintings I painted just as it was […]. I don’t want to use [them] as political propaganda,” Henry Sugimoto told 82 Higa, 15.

131 Here, one of many exceptions is Nisei abstract artist Frank Okada (1931-­2000), brother of John Okada, who as a young man was interned in Minidoka together with his family. , Solomon R. ; for the discussion relating to architectural discourse, see the brief review and exhibition catalogue for Japan und der Westen – die erfüllte Leere (Cologne: DuMont, 2007); Stäheli, Alexandra. “Zen oder die Kunst, eine Teeschale zu sehen: Die Ausstellung ‘Japan und der Westen’ in Wolfsburg sucht Bezüge zwischen westlicher und östlicher Kunst,” in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, November 29, 2007, 25.

50 Many things created in camps from the scarce materials at hand were done merely for pastime, before living conditions deteriorated even more and rules became stricter. Up to 14 hours of forced labor per day, perpetual exhaustion, hunger and sleeplessness did not leave much time for anything but the essentials. While there were at least 300 professional artists incarcerated in Auschwitz alone,51 “in some cases it was only due to their imprisonment that inmates s­ tarted 49 The Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in Berlin and its Topographie des Terrors permanent exhibition and foundation showcases rare examples of illegal photoraphy which documents life and death within the camps.

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