Chapter

Occupation and Statehood

in Concentration Camps on the Home Front

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226354767
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226354774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226354774.003.0011
Occupation and Statehood

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At midcentury the following questions seemed to be posed of Japanese Americans and of the territory of Hawaii as well: Where did they belong? Could they be incorporated? Were they certifiably American? Were they subversive of national institutions? Somehow perverse? Earl Finch's relationships had already challenged numerous social categories and norms, and in the postwar era it would raise further questions still about humanitarianism. Why do we help others? What sparks generosity? Is a spirit of giving necessarily compromised if it is accompanied by an erotic charge? If we are attracted to others—in any number of ways—and are moved to assist them, is our kindness thereby tainted? As Finch's benevolence took new forms, as it took him to new places in an ever-smaller Cold War world of rotary and jet-propulsion air travel, yet more would be revealed about notions of the natural and unnatural—about American and un-American activities, at home and abroad.

Keywords: Hawaii; Japanese Americans; Earl Finch; humanitarianism

Chapter.  8919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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