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ArchaeoCafé - Episode 2-09 - Japanese American internment during World War II: An interview with Koji Lau-Ozawa ArchaeoCafé

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In this episode we talk with Koji Lau-Ozawa about the history of Japanese internment camps in the U.S.A. during the Second World War and his archaeological research into the camps.



Episode notes are available on the ArchaeoCafé website.
http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeocafe-podcast-ep-209-lau-ozawa





About Koji Lau-Ozawa



Koji is a historical archaeologist at Stanford University currently researching the Japanese diaspora in the U.S.A., examining the material connections and landscapes of Japanese American communities. In particular, he has been working in collaboration with the Gila River Indian Community to investigate the site of the WWII Gila River Incarceration Camp. This long-term project combines archaeological, oral historical and archival research. A second site of his investigations looks at the material culture of a pre-WWII urban Japanese American community in Santa Barbara. He has previously also worked in the Bay Area for the National Park Service and Stanford Heritage Services.

Web:
https://anthropology.stanford.edu/people/koji-lau-ozawa
https://stanford.academia.edu/KojiOzawa
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Koji_Lau-Ozawa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/koji-lau-ozawa-776765180





Some useful terminology and links



Japanese American Internment during WWII
The forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country of over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry. More than two thirds of the internees were United States citizens.
https://encyclopedia.densho.org/history/
https://densho.org/terminology/ 



WWII Gila River Incarceration Camp
An American concentration camp, built by the War Relocation Authority during World War II for the incarceration of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. The camp held over 13,000 inmates, most from California.
https://encyclopedia.densho.org/Gila_River/ 



Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
A non-profit organization whose mission is “to preserve and share history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today.” Densho collects video oral histories, photos, documents, and other primary source materials regarding Japanese American history, with a focus on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
https://densho.org/about-densho/ 





Selected reading

Inscriptions and Silences: Challenges of Bearing Witness at the Gila River Incarceration Camp
by Koji Lau-Ozawa
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2021, Vol. 25, p. 851–876
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-020-00568-2
https://academia.edu/44270273/



Critical Mass: Charting a Course for Japanese Diaspora Archaeology
by Koji Lau-Ozawa and Douglas Ross
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2021, Vol. 25, p. 577–591
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-020-00561-9
https://www.academia.edu/44270259/







For more episodes and news, visit our website and social media pages.



Blog: http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeoblog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/archaeocafe/

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/archaeocafe

In this episode we talk with Koji Lau-Ozawa about the history of Japanese internment camps in the U.S.A. during the Second World War and his archaeological research into the camps.



Episode notes are available on the ArchaeoCafé website.
http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeocafe-podcast-ep-209-lau-ozawa





About Koji Lau-Ozawa



Koji is a historical archaeologist at Stanford University currently researching the Japanese diaspora in the U.S.A., examining the material connections and landscapes of Japanese American communities. In particular, he has been working in collaboration with the Gila River Indian Community to investigate the site of the WWII Gila River Incarceration Camp. This long-term project combines archaeological, oral historical and archival research. A second site of his investigations looks at the material culture of a pre-WWII urban Japanese American community in Santa Barbara. He has previously also worked in the Bay Area for the National Park Service and Stanford Heritage Services.

Web:
https://anthropology.stanford.edu/people/koji-lau-ozawa
https://stanford.academia.edu/KojiOzawa
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Koji_Lau-Ozawa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/koji-lau-ozawa-776765180





Some useful terminology and links



Japanese American Internment during WWII
The forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country of over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry. More than two thirds of the internees were United States citizens.
https://encyclopedia.densho.org/history/
https://densho.org/terminology/ 



WWII Gila River Incarceration Camp
An American concentration camp, built by the War Relocation Authority during World War II for the incarceration of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. The camp held over 13,000 inmates, most from California.
https://encyclopedia.densho.org/Gila_River/ 



Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
A non-profit organization whose mission is “to preserve and share history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today.” Densho collects video oral histories, photos, documents, and other primary source materials regarding Japanese American history, with a focus on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
https://densho.org/about-densho/ 





Selected reading

Inscriptions and Silences: Challenges of Bearing Witness at the Gila River Incarceration Camp
by Koji Lau-Ozawa
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2021, Vol. 25, p. 851–876
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-020-00568-2
https://academia.edu/44270273/



Critical Mass: Charting a Course for Japanese Diaspora Archaeology
by Koji Lau-Ozawa and Douglas Ross
International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2021, Vol. 25, p. 577–591
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-020-00561-9
https://www.academia.edu/44270259/







For more episodes and news, visit our website and social media pages.



Blog: http://archaeocafe.kvasirpublishing.com/archaeoblog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/archaeocafe/

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/archaeocafe

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