Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Second Advisor

Elena Tajima Creef

Academic Program Adviser

Lynda Klich


This thesis reexamines the photographic archive of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II produced by the US government, arguing that these images “restage” the evacuation, incarceration, and resettlement periods through a settler colonial “pioneer” mythology, thereby obscuring the precarity of Japanese Americans' racial positionality between “settler” and “native.”



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