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Nature Behind Barbed WireAn Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration$
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Connie Y. Chiang

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842062.001.0001

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The Nature of Confinement

(p.1) Introduction
Nature Behind Barbed Wire

Connie Y. Chiang

Oxford University Press

While many scholars and commentators have written about the Japanese American incarceration, few have adopted an explicit environmental focus. The introduction explains why using an environmental lens is important to understanding this notorious episode in US history. Environmental history examines how the environment influenced humans and how humans interacted with and transformed the natural world. Nature Behind Barbed Wire applies this approach and demonstrates that the Japanese American incarceration was an environmental process that was connected to the lands and waters of the Pacific Coast and the camps in the inland American West. The introduction also suggests that the incarceration was part of a longer history of Japanese American exclusion and discrimination.

Keywords:   environment, nature, incarceration, confinement, World War II, Japanese American, American West

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