Book Reviews baseball, successfully eclipsed Japanese sports such as judo, despite evidence presented to the contrary (pp. 8182). While primarily a study of the camps themselves, Howard is also interested in encounters between Japanese Americans, African Americans, and European Americans in the camps and surrounding towns. Certain Japanese Americans were allowed limited access beyond the camps via a pass system reminiscent of vagrancy laws used to monitor blacks and poor whites during the early Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras. Howard finds that Japanese Americans had to negotiate a position in between a largely black/white binary scheme. They often improvised, sometimes sitting in the middle sections of Jim Crow buses or choosing to go into either designated white or black bathrooms. While sometimes facing hostility from whites, many found whites trying to bestow a contingent whiteness upon them. Howard also seeks to demonstrate the ways that gay desire and sexuality could be mediated through patriotic and charitable work. For example, Howard shows the way that the benevolent work of Earl Finch, a white Southerner who single-handedly befriended and fought discrimination lodged at thousands of Japanese American soldiers during World War II, also allowed Finch access to homosocial (and Howard
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 4, 2011
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