Language Matters: Defining the History of Japanese American Incarceration During World War II
for this public-facing, virtual symposium
presented by the Yale University Library Reparative Archival Description Working Group (RAD).
The symposium will focus on the language used to describe the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Euphemisms such as “internment,” “relocation,” and “evacuation,” were used by the U.S. government, and they prevail in many sources that recount this history, including archival description. This symposium will bring together a group of speakers, each representing different experiences and perspectives, for panel presentations and a moderated conversation on their approaches to addressing euphemistic and harmful language in the words used to describe Japanese American incarceration. This event is co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage (CHF) at Rare Book School, on behalf of CHF fellow, Jessica Tai. Free, online, and open to all, with pre-registration.