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Exploring the Mind | Intergenerational Impacts of the World War II Japanese American Incarceration on AADL.TV


Wednesday February 24, 2021: 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar




Join Dr. Donna Nagata of the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology for a presentation on her research into the long term societal impacts of our country's incarceration of Japanese American citizens during World War II. 

Following the Japanese military attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. government ordered 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children into incarceration camps. This presentation addresses the intergenerational impacts of this World War II event. Framing the incarceration as a racial, historical, and cultural trauma, the talk describes psychosocial reverberations of unjust incarceration for Japanese Americans that extended long after the war ended, leading to a range of impacts on those who were incarcerated and their post-war offspring.

Dr. Donna Nagata is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nagata studies Asian American mental health, with a primary focus on identifying long-term and intergenerational impacts of the World War II incarceration among Japanese Americans. Her research explores the effects of that incarceration among former incarcerees, their children, and grandchildren, as well as impacts of governmental redress received by those who were imprisoned.

This program is in partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.