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The Resource Becoming American? : the art and identity crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, ShiPu Wang

Becoming American? : the art and identity crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, ShiPu Wang

Label
Becoming American? : the art and identity crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Title
Becoming American?
Title remainder
the art and identity crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Statement of responsibility
ShiPu Wang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A few short days has changed my status in this country, although I myself have not changed at all." On December 8, 1941, artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) awoke to find himself branded an "enemy alien" by the U.S. government in the aftermath of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The historical crisis forced Kuniyoshi, an émigré Japanese with a distinguished career in American art, to rethink his pictorial strategies and to confront questions of loyalty, assimilation, national and racial identity that he had carefully avoided in his prewar art. As an immigrant who had proclaimed himself to be as "American as the next fellow," the realization of his now fractured and precarious status catalyzed the development of an emphatic and conscious identity construct that would underlie Kuniyoshi's art and public image for the remainder of his life. Drawing on previously unexamined primary sources, Becoming American? is the first scholarly book in over two decades to offer an in-depth and critical analysis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi's pivotal works, including his "anti-Japan" posters and radio broadcasts for U.S. propaganda, and his coded and increasingly enigmatic paintings, within their historical contexts. Through the prism of an identity crisis, the book examines Kuniyoshi's imagery and writings as vital means for him to engage, albeit often reluctantly and ambivalently, in discussions about American democracy and ideals at a time when racial and national origins were grounds for mass incarceration and discrimination. It is also among the first scholarly studies to investigate the activities of Americans of Japanese descent outside the internment camps and the intense pressures with which they had to deal in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. As an art historical book, Becoming American? foregrounds broader historical debates of what constituted American art, a central preoccupation of Kuniyoshi's artistic milieu. It illuminates the complicating factors of race, diasporas, and ideology in the construction of an American cultural identity. Timely and provocative, the book historicizes and elucidates the ways in which "minority" artists have been, and continue to be, both championed and marginalized for their cultural and ethnic "difference" within the twentieth-century American art canon
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
Nz
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wang, ShiPu
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
  • Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
  • Kuniyoshi, Yasuo
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Japanese American artists
  • ART
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Japanese Americans
  • Political and social views
Label
Becoming American? : the art and identity crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, ShiPu Wang
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-181) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude : surviving Pearl Harbor -- Painting American -- Negotiating "Japaneseness" -- Picturing an identity crisis -- Fighting the battles within -- Wearing the masks -- Epilogue : becoming American?
Control code
ocn794925329
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 191 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824870393
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62nrd8
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794925329
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Becoming American? : the art and identity crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, ShiPu Wang
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-181) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prelude : surviving Pearl Harbor -- Painting American -- Negotiating "Japaneseness" -- Picturing an identity crisis -- Fighting the battles within -- Wearing the masks -- Epilogue : becoming American?
Control code
ocn794925329
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 191 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824870393
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62nrd8
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794925329
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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