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Ojasvinee Singh Professor Josephine Park Introduction to Asian American Literature 23 September 2016 The Unexpected Grey Area in the Midst of Black and White Chaos I will be analysing the passage and image on page 18 from Miné Okubo’s ‘ Citizen 13660’. I will dissect the image produced by Okubo on the basis of the the facial expressions, body language and ostensible tension between the central figures of the frame. As it may seem like Okubo generally implies deeper meaning than the perceived oversimplification of solemn circumstances taking place in the image above the passages; I will analyse what I the diction, word placement, and tone to uncover the true essence of the passage. In a post-Pearl Harbour America, by law, the Caucasian American is considered loyal until proven disloyal (excluding those of German and Italian ancestry), while the Japanese-American is considered disloyal until proven loyal. The image on page 18 is most striking as it portrays a moment of awkwardness between the ‘disloyal’ Asian-American evacuee Okubo, and the ‘loyal’, the military man guarding the hall, presumably of Asian descent; it captures a rare grey area in an era of black and white generalizations between ‘us’ (the good) and ‘them’ (the bad). The focus of the image lies in the exchange of glares between Okubo and the guard to her right; their facial expressions convey two drastically different emotions. Okubo stares at the guard in anger, annoyance; as if he were not only a defector, but an enforcer of the involuntary punishment being enforced upon all Japanese-Americans. The guard looks back meekly at her, almost in an apologetic sense, as if ashamed of the fact that he is bound by the constraints of his job to aid the morally unjust, but now legal, confinement of his own people. The same 1
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