"The Artist Belongs to the People": The Odyssey of Taro Yashima

  title={"The Artist Belongs to the People": The Odyssey of Taro Yashima},
  author={Naoko Shibusawa},
  journal={Journal of Asian American Studies},
  pages={257 - 275}
  • N. Shibusawa
  • Published 24 October 2005
  • Art
  • Journal of Asian American Studies
Naoko Shibusawa narrates the transnational odyssey of a Japanese dissident artist who fled Imperial Japan to the U.S. in 1939. A political refugee rather than a political prisoner like most Japanese/Americans during World War II, Taro Yashima propagandized for the U.S. to encourage Japanese soldiers to surrender and to live. Examining the power of both state-imposed and self-imposed nationalism in Yashima's life, Shibusawa shows how a transnational approach helps us rethink stories of immigrant… 
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