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date: 27 October 2020

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This chapter traces major themes and debates around which the historiography of internment and World War II history has evolved since the mid-1940s. With a disproportionately heavy focus on Japanese American incarceration and military service, studies of wartime Asian American experiences are slanted in terms of interpretive frames, analytic categories, and research subjects. Valorizing the key themes of loyalty, patriotism, and citizenship rights, the legalistic and nation-based (if not nationalistic) orientations of historical analysis are the most poignant features of internment and World War II history. Combined with the discussion of notable recent trends, critical deliberations on the scholarship of this subfield are followed by reflections on future research opportunities and directions.

Keywords: World War II, internment, incarceration, military necessity, constitutional/citizenship rights, Nisei, Issei, loyalty, disloyalty, military service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, racial liberalism, racial integration

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