Cartographies of Violence: Japanese Canadian Women, Memory, and the Subjects of the Internment

By Mona Oikawa

© 2012

In 1942, the federal government expelled more than 22,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia. From 1942 to 1949, they were dispossessed, sent to incarceration sites, and dispersed across Canada. Over 4,000 were deported to Japan. Cartographies of Violence analyses the effects of these processes for some Japanese Canadian women. Using critical race, feminist, anti-colonial, and cultural geographic theory, Mona Oikawa deconstructs prevalent images, stereotypes, and language used to describe the 'Internment' in ways that masks its inherent violence.

Through interviews with women survivors and their daughters, Oikawa analyses recurring themes of racism and resistance, as well as the struggle to communicate what happened. Disturbing and provocative, Cartographies of Violence explores women's memories in order to map the effects of forced displacements, incarcerations, and the separations of family, friends, and communities.

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Disturbing and provocative, Cartographies of Violence explores Japanese-Canadian women's memories in order to map the effects of forced displacements, incarcerations, and the separations of family, friends, and communities.

Cartographies of Violence: Japanese Canadian Women, Memory, and the Subjects of the Internment

By Mona Oikawa

© 2012

In 1942, the federal government expelled more than 22,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia. From 1942 to 1949, they were dispossessed, sent to incarceration sites, and dispersed across Canada. Over 4,000 were deported to Japan. Cartographies of Violence analyses the effects of these processes for some Japanese Canadian women. Using critical race, feminist, anti-colonial, and cultural geographic theory, Mona Oikawa deconstructs prevalent images, stereotypes, and language used to describe the 'Internment' in ways that masks its inherent violence.

Through interviews with women survivors and their daughters, Oikawa analyses recurring themes of racism and resistance, as well as the struggle to communicate what happened. Disturbing and provocative, Cartographies of Violence explores women's memories in order to map the effects of forced displacements, incarcerations, and the separations of family, friends, and communities.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is an important and serious contribution to the scholarship on a topic of vital significance. Cartographies of Violence demands attention, provokes reflection, and is sure to generate response.’


    Jordan Stanger-Ross
    BC Studies April 2013

    ‘Cartographies of Violence demands attention, provokes reflection, and is sure to generate response.’
    Jordan Stanger-Ross
    BC Studies number 182: summer 2014
  • Author Information

    Mona Oikawa is an associate professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Dedication
    Preface
    Introduction

    1. The Forgetting Subjects and the Subjects Forgotten
    2. The Silencing Continues: "Speaking For" Japanese Canadian Subjects of the Internment
    3. Method, Memory, and the Subjects of the Internment
    4. Cartographies of Violence: Creating Carceral Spaces and Expelling Japanese Canadians from the Nation
    5. Gendering the Subject(s) of the Internment: The B.C. Interior Cases
    6. Economies of the Carceral: The "Self-Support" Camps, Sugar Beet Farms, and Domestic Work
    7. The Known and Unknown: Communities Lost, Communities Remembered
    8. "It's Part of My Inheritance": Handing Down Memory of the Internment
    9. "Crushing the White Wall with Our Names": Re-Membering the Internment in White Spaces

    Conclusion: Re-Membering the Subject(s) of the "Internment"

    Bibliography

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