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The Korean War in Color: The Nisei and The Japanese in the US Media, 1950 - 60

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
12:00 AM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 South University
Daniel Kim, Associate Professor, Department of English, Brown University


While many historians and cultural critics have recognized that American perceptions of Japan and of Japanese Americans were fundamentally transformed during the early years of the Cold War, few have reckoned with the key role that the Korean War played in that transformation. This paper examines how Americans were invited to begin seeing Japanese Americans and the Japanese as loyal allies in Hollywood depictions of the Korean War and in the press.