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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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Emanating from the Soil

(p.202) Epilogue
Nature Behind Barbed Wire

Connie Y. Chiang

Oxford University Press

The epilogue explores how the natural world has become a critical element of Japanese Americans’ wartime memories and the public commemoration of the incarceration. It examines pilgrimages to the former camps, National Park Service programs for the preservation of the confinement sites, and private efforts to restore gardens. These diverse acts of remembrance are linked to both the environments of the Pacific Coast and the former incarceration camps. The epilogue also examines a campaign to protect the Manzanar viewshed from solar development. There, the remains of the built environment—barracks, guard towers, barbed wire—coupled with the surrounding terrain and views were critical to efforts to encourage visitors to imagine what confinement must have looked and felt like.

Keywords:   Japanese Americans, National Park Service, pilgrimage, commemoration, historical memory, solar energy, garden

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