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Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II$
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Anne M. Blankenship

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629209

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629209.001.0001

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Experiences of Christianity in the Camps

Experiences of Christianity in the Camps

(p.137) 4 Experiences of Christianity in the Camps
Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Anne M. Blankenship

University of North Carolina Press

Incarcerated Christians frequently thanked God for giving them the strength to endure the incarceration and developed a variety of faith communities to provide additional support. The focus of Chapter Four turns away from church leaders to examine how lay (non-ordained) Christians experienced camp life. Buddhists joined Protestants and Catholics to organize interfaith memorial services for Nikkei soldiers killed in action, while pacifists and others resisted the military draft. This chapter expands the book’s focus to highlight Christian youth culture at a camp in Arizona and the hardships at Tule Lake, where incarcerees attacked Japanese Christians for cooperating with camp officials. The roots of Asian American theologies began growing in the camps in response to this rejection and suffering.

Keywords:   Lay Christianity, American Buddhism, interfaith, pacifism, military draft, Asian American theology, faith communities, Christian youth culture, trauma, memorial services

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