Words Do Matter: A Note on Inappropriate Terminology and the Incarceration of the Japanese Americans

Since the discussion about euphemistic language used to describe America’s concentration camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned during World War II has been gaining momentum lately, here is an article by scholar Roger Daniels, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.

The article, which was originally published in Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians in the Twentieth Century, edited by Louis Fiset and Gail Nomura, was re-published on Discover Nikkei.

Full citation of the original work:

Daniels, Roger. “Words Do Matter: A Note on Inappropriate Terminology and the Incarceration of the Japanese Americans.” in Louis Fiset and Gail Nomura, eds. Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians in the Twentieth Century. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005, pp. 183-207.

To read the article (there are five parts; a link to the next part is included in parts 1-4), click on: Words Do Matter: A Note on Inappropriate Terminology and the Incarceration of the Japanese Americans.


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