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In Defense of JusticeJoseph Kurihara and the Japanese American Struggle for Equality$
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Eileen H. Tamura

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037788

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037788.001.0001

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(p.146) Afterword
In Defense of Justice

Eileen H. Tamura

University of Illinois Press

This afterword discusses the three themes that coursed through Kurihara's life: high expectations, his distinctiveness, and a strong sense of justice. Throughout his life, Kurihara maintained high expectations of himself and his country. Meanwhile, the second theme in Kurihara's life was his distinctiveness. Several instances that set Kurihara apart from others of his generation include his conversion to Catholicism at a time when his family members and most Nikkei were Buddhists, while the relatively small numbers of Christians were primarily Protestants. The third theme of Kurihara's life, important because it explains his actions in the concentration camps and his refusal to attempt to regain his citizenship, was his strong sense of justice. He did what he believed was right and expected others, including the government, to do the same. Indeed, Kurihara's sense of justice caused him to protest vigorously and vociferously at Manzanar.

Keywords:   high expectations, distinctiveness, Catholicism, Nikkei, citizenship, justice, Manzanar

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