How Did Female Protestant Missionaries Respond to the Japanese American Incarceration
Experience during World War II?

Abstract

      This project analyzes the work of female Protestant missionaries among Japanese Americans during World War II, primarily in the Japanese American incarceration camps, but also pre-evacuation, and post-war. While furloughed from Japan, some missionaries attempted to ameliorate the injustice of detention through a ministry of friendship and advocacy. These documents exhibit the tentative and improvisatory nature of female mission work during the war and suggest how these missionaries understood the incarceration experience and their role in it.

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