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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

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

Matthew M. Briones

Princeton University Press

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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