Roger Daniels

Incarceration and Remembrance: A Historian's View

Talk by Roger Daniels

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 2:00pm
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Tateuchi Story Theatre
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104


Event Overview

"Strengths consistently evident in all of Daniels's writings on Asian Americans--his incomparable command of the evidentiary materials bearing on the Chinese and Japanese immigration to the United States, his thorough knowledge of the history of the American West, and his critical ability to sift fact from fiction among the remnants of the historical past."
  -- Reviewer of Asian America: Chinese and Japanese in the United States since 1850

Roger Daniels, preeminent Asian American Studies scholar, will review the evolving ways that Japanese American communities have "remembered" the World War II incarceration, from decades of postwar neglect to the redress struggles, the institution of pilgrimages to former incarceration camps, and changing agendas of today. He will discuss the teaching of the incarceration, its place in the history curriculum, and the problems of teaching the subject when there are no more living witnesses. Daniels will also note the most neglected victims of the incarceration, the all but vanished first generation immigrants, the Issei.

About the speaker

Roger Daniels, Ph.D., is Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cincinnati, now living in Bellevue, Washington. He is the author of numerous publications on Asian Americans and immigration, most recently: Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882 and the 2nd edition of Prisoners without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II (both Hill and Wang, 2004). He was a consultant to the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, the federal congressional commission that recommended redress and a presidential apology for the wrongful mass detention. Daniels also serves on the History Committee for the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. He is currently working on two books: a social history of the Japanese American court cases and a political biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


1:30 p.m. Auditorium doors open
2:00 p.m.Introduction by Executive Director Tom Ikeda
2:15 p.m. Lecture by Roger Daniels
3:00 p.m.Questions by audience


This event is free of charge. Admission to the Wing Luke Asian Museum is free every third Saturday of the month.


The Wing Luke Asian Museum is located in Seattle's International District at 719 South King Street. Directions available at

Event Co-sponsors

Densho co-presents this event with the Wing Luke Asian Museum.


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