Lecture: Life at Heart Mountain
Center of the West Fellow Saara Kekki presents Life at Heart Mountain: Networks and Power at a Japanese American Incarceration Camp.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1942, the United States incarcerated (interned) 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two thirds of whom were US citizens. Incarceration remains a controversial subject in the Japanese American community, and while much has been written about the era, it is an unknown topic to much of the general public. At the same time, incarceration reverberates today both in the United States and in Europe in the treatment of immigrants from Mexico or the Middle East. Kekki discusses using historical “big data” to study the networks of inmates at Heart Mountain.