Hunger Strikes and Affective Politics at the Tule Lake Stockade in 1944


Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:00pm


William James Hall, Room 105

This event is hosted by the Asian American Studies Working Group

In November 1943, the US army invaded Tule Lake Interment Camp, imposed martial law, and incarcerated hundreds of Japanese men and boys in a stockade, “a jail within a jail,” isolated from the rest of the Japanese American Internees. On New Year’s eve, more than 220 men went on indefinite hunger strike to protest their incarceration and the flouting of due process.  Drawing from two unique prisoner diaries, this presentation examines the tensions of affective politics in the stockade and the struggles of prisoner protests. As part of a larger study of the transnational 20th century history of hunger strikes, this study exposes conflicts of masculinity and justice, the visceral experiences of self-starvation and the challenges of bodily protest when rule of law fails.  

Please join us for this lecture by Professor Nayan Shah, followed by an informal dinner with the Asian American Studies Working Group at 6:30PM in William James Hall 1550.

Cosponsored by the Justice and Poverty Project and the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund