AAARI to Co-Sponsor Talk on Japanese American Incarceration

Oppression and Resistance in America’s World War II Concentration Camps

Wednesday, February 24 from noon until 1:30 p.m.

Online Webinar

Admission: Free

The Asian American / Asian Research Institute is co-sponsoring a talk on Oppression and Resistance in America’s World War II Concentration Camps featuring Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro. This lecture is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization.”

Many historians and Japanese Americans cite the loss of U.S. citizenship rights as the biggest injustice of the camps, and many believe cooperation and not resistance was the norm. Dr. Gary Okihiro outlines the nature of the oppression in that historical experience and the resistance posed to those oppressive acts.

This free talk will be conducted online and is open to the general public.

About Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro

Gary Y. Okihiro

Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro is professor emeritus of international and public affairs at Columbia University and a visiting professor of American studies at Yale University. He is author of twelve books, including Third World Studies: Theorizing Liberation (2016) and The Boundless Sea 沖廣: Self and History (2019). The American Studies Association and the Association for Asian American Studies honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and he received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Ryūkyūs, Okinawa.


The Asian American / Asian Research Institute is a CUNY-wide scholarly research and resource center on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. For more information, please visit AAARI’s website.


Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College/CUNY
• Asian American / Asian Research Institute – CUNY
Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati

To register for this event, please click this link.

Featured image from Kupferberg Holocaust Center’s website