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Jim and Jap CrowA Cultural History of 1940s Interracial America$
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Matthew M. Briones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691129488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691129488.001.0001

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The Tanforan and Gila Diaries: Becoming Nikkei

The Tanforan and Gila Diaries: Becoming Nikkei

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(p.136) Chapter 5 The Tanforan and Gila Diaries: Becoming Nikkei
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Jim and Jap Crow
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Matthew M. Briones

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691129488.003.0006

This chapter illustrates how Kikuchi had decided to rejoin his family during the initial phase of the internment. Kikuchi infused the connection to his family with the greatest significance: as an index of his Americanism, a sign of his loyalty to the nation. Kikuchi's intertwining of his two aspirational families is striking-filiopietism translated into patriotism or, to use his term, Americanism. When the Kikuchis left the Tanforan horse stalls behind at the beginning of September 1942, they were also leaving behind a more cosmopolitan group of evacuees, all of whom had lived in the Bay Area. The Gila River Relocation Center, on the other hand, housed a cross-section of diverse groups of Japanese descent from the West Coast: rural and urban, older Issei bachelors and Nisei families, Kibei, Hawai'ian Nisei, worldly Angelenos, Berkeley academics, and San Joaquin Valley farmers, among many others.

Keywords:   Charles Kikuchi, internment, Americanism, filiopietism, Gila River Relocation Center, Japanese descent, Tanforan horse stalls

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