Lecture Description

The phrase “the problem of caring” comes from Dillon Meyer, head of the War Relocation Authority, the government agency that incarcerated Japanese Americans during WW2. He understood internment not so much as a national security issue but as a welfare challenge, as he saw once productive workers now dependent on the state for support. This lecture reframes the history of Japanese American internment as a welfare history, examining how thousands of Japanese Americans resettled and rebuilt in Chicago after they left the camps.


Asian American Social Welfare and Public Assistance

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