Greg Robinson


On his book A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America

Cover Interview of November 06, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“A North American—not just American—history of Japanese confinement.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The apparent contradiction between tolerance and authoritarianism was in fact not so absolute: the military governor in Hawaii had indeed refused to round up masses of Japanese Americans, and had ultimately allowed Americans of Japanese ancestry to join the Army and prove their loyalty.  Yet, almost in the same breath, the Army proclaimed that the presence of so many Japanese Americans at large was a danger.”

On the second:

Duncan v. Kahanamoku is really absent, not just from popular discussion but also from law and American studies classes, the study of constitutional law, and legal briefs.  It deserves to be looked at much more closely.”