Double Displacement: Western Women's Return Home from Japanese Internment in the Second World War

TitleDouble Displacement: Western Women's Return Home from Japanese Internment in the Second World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTwomey, Christina
JournalGender & History
Volume21
Issue3
Pagination670-684
Abstract

This article examines the homecoming of Western women from Japanese internment camps at the end of the Second World War. It focuses on British women returning to the United Kingdom, but makes reference to women from other Allied nations such as the United States, Australia and the Netherlands. The paper argues that interned women posed contradictions to gendered understandings of wartime experience and that homecoming further exacerbated this ambiguity. Return from imprisonment exposed the dual meaning of home as the natural realm for women and a national space. Women internees had been away from both and were subjected to control by non-white men; responses to their liberation reflected these tensions. Homecoming prompted questions about released women's femininity and sexual integrity, but they faced even more difficulty having their war experiences recognised as part of a national story about war.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0424.2009.01566.x/abstract
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