Landscapes of injustice : a new perspective on the internment and dispossession of Japanese Canadians / edited by Jordan Stanger-Ross.

  • Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2020]
  • c2020
ix, 501 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


Summary note
"In 1942, the Canadian government forced more than 21,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia. They were told to bring only one suitcase each and officials vowed to protect the rest. Instead, Japanese Canadians were dispossessed, all their belongings either stolen or sold. The definitive statement of a major national research partnership, Landscapes of Injustice reinterprets the internment of Japanese Canadians by focusing on the deliberate and permanent destruction of home through the act of dispossession. All forms of property were taken. Families lost heirlooms and everyday possessions. They lost decades of investment and labour. They lost opportunities, neighbourhoods, and communities; they lost retirements, livelihoods, and educations. When Japanese Canadians were finally released from internment in 1949, they had no homes to return to. Asking why and how these events came to pass and charting Japanese Canadians' diverse responses, this book details the implications and legacies of injustice perpetrated under the cover of national security. In Landscapes of Injustice the diverse descendants of dispossession work together to understand what happened. They find that dispossession is not a chapter that closes or a period that neatly ends. It leaves enduring legacies of benefit and harm, shame and silence, and resilience and activism."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction / Jordan Stanger-Ross with Kaitlin Findlay, Eiji Okawa, Yasmin Railton, Josh van Es, and Trevor Wideman
  • Part One: Deliberate killing of home
  • Property and its transformation for Issei during the Meiji and Taisho Periods / Audrey Kobayashi
  • "Equally applicable to Scotsmen": Racism, equality, and Habeas Corpus in the Legal History of Japanese Canadians / Eric M. Adams
  • Wealth of my home: A Story of a Japanese Canadian family / Eiji Okawa
  • "My land Is worth a million dollars": How Japanese Canadians contested their dispossession in the 1940s / Jordan Stanger-Ross and Nicholas Blomley
  • Part Two Dispossession required sustained work
  • Unfaithful custodian: Glenn McPherson and the dispossession of Japanese Canadians / Jordan Stanger-Ross and Will Archibald
  • "Our deep and sincere appreciation ... for your kindness to us": A Japanese Canadian family and the administrative state / Ariel Merriam
  • (De)valuation: The state mismanagement of Japanese Canadian personal property in the 1940s / Kaitlin Findlay and Nicholas Blomley
  • Part Thrree: Reasoning wrong
  • Promises of law: The unlawful dispossession of Japanese Canadians / Eric M. Adams and Jordan Stanger-Ross
  • Creating the Bird Commission: How the Canadian state addressed Japanese Canadians' calls for fair compensation / Kaitlin Findlay
  • Part Four Dispossession is permanent
  • Economic Impacts of the dispossession / Jordan Stanger-Ross
  • Remembering acts of ownership / Kaitlin Findlay, Heather Read, and Jordan Stanger-Ross
  • Politics of honorific naming: Alan Webster Neill and Anti-Asian racism in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada / Ian G. Baird
  • Road to redress: a presentation to the Landscapes of Injustice Spring Institute, 2018 / Art Miki and Audrey Kobayashi
  • Social accountability after political apologies / Jordan Stanger-Ross and Matt James
  • Epilogue / Jordan Stanger-Ross
  • Contributors
  • Index.
Other format(s)
Issued also in electronic format.
  • 0228001722 ((softcover))
  • 9780228001720 ((softcover))
  • 9780228001713 ((hardcover))
  • 0228001714 ((hardcover))
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