Looking for Jiro Onuma: A Queer Meditation on the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II

@article{Takemoto2014LookingFJ,
  title={Looking for Jiro Onuma: A Queer Meditation on the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II},
  author={Tina Takemoto},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={20},
  pages={241 - 275}
}
  • Tina Takemoto
  • Published 29 June 2014
  • Art
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
This essay explores the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Queer accounts of Japanese American wartime history are rare because of the atypical structure of the incarceration camps, which organized inmates by family units, the prevalence of intergenerational narratives, and dominant themes of loyalty, innocence, and civility. Jiro Onuma, a gay immigrant imprisoned by the federal government at Topaz concentration… 
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