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World War II and Asian Americans: A Panel Discussion

Like all Americans, World War II left an indelible mark on the lives of Asian Americans. The experiences of Japanese Americans, because of their incarceration as well as their bravery in the U.S. armed forces, have become part of the collective memory of the war in the United States. Lesser known are the stories of other Asian Americans who also served as soldiers and in other capacities in the Allied effort.

In particular, the panel discussion will center on Chinese, Filipino, and Korean Americans. Immigrants and their descendants from all three groups keenly felt the effects of the war not only in their own lives, but also because the war has such profound consequences for their ancestral homelands.

The Athenaeum is fortunate to have a panel of scholars whose expertise includes the domestic and international dimentions of the war experience for the groups mentioned. Professor Gordon Chang, Stanford University, is a leading diplomatic and Asian American historian whose work includes Sino-U.S. relations. Professor Wayne Patterson, St. Norbert's College (Wisconsin), is a scholar of Korean history and international relations and has published on Korean migration to Hawaii. Professor Steffi San Buenaventura, University of California, Riverside, is an expert on Filipino America and her work has examined its transnational nature. The panel commentator is professor Yuji Ichioka, UCLA, who has published widely on Japanese migration to the United States.

This panel discussion is cosponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies as part of the series, "The State of Asian America: Identity, Politics, and Culture," and by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.