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In Defense of Justice: Joseph Kurihara and the Japanese American Struggle for Equality

Eileen H. Tamura


As a leading dissident in the World War II concentration camps for Japanese Americans, Joseph Yoshisuke Kurihara stands out as an icon of Japanese American resistance. In this biography, Kurihara's life provides a window into the history of Japanese Americans during the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Hawaiʻi to Japanese parents who immigrated to work on the sugar plantations, Kurihara was transformed by the forced removal and incarceration of ethnic Japanese during World War II. As an inmate at Manzanar in California, Kurihara became one of the leaders of a dissident group within ... More

Keywords: World War II, concentration camps, Japanese Americans, Joseph Yoshisuke Kurihara, Japanese American resistance, forced removal, incarceration, Manzanar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037788
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eileen H. Tamura, author
University of Hawaii