Show simple item record

dc.creatorMasumoto, Nikiko Rose
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-13T15:04:55Z
dc.date.available2011-07-13T15:04:55Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2011-07-13
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3171
dc.descriptiontext
dc.description.abstractIn the late 1970's Japanese Americans began organizing to demand redress from the United States government in both symbolic and material form; they asked for an apology and reparations. In 1981 a Congressional commission, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC), was formed to investigate Japanese American Internment and give recommendations to Congress for further actions. The Commission held public hearings in Los Angeles, California and 9 other cities across the United States. More than 150 individuals gave testimony at the Los Angeles hearings alone. Many were Japanese Americans who had never spoken publicly about their experiences. On March 8, 2011, I performed a solo performance entitled What We Could Carry that wove together text and historical narratives from the archives of the Los Angeles redress hearings with auto-ethnographic interpretations of Japanese American memory. This written thesis is a reflection on the methods, theories, and implications of my performance. I locate my performance as scholarship within performance studies and place my work in conversation with other scholars such as Joseph Roach. In Chapter One I argue that Roach’s concept of surrogation can be extended to include embodied witnessing as a constitutive role in performing collective memory. In Chapter Two I document and analyze my research and creative processes as an embodied experience. Lastly, in Chapter Three I consider both successes and failures of my solo performance.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectPerformance
dc.subjectJapanese American history
dc.subjectCollective memory
dc.subjectWorld War 2, 1939-1945
dc.subjectWorld War II
dc.subjectAutoethnography
dc.titleWitnessing what we could carry : a critical reflection on performing Japanese American collective memory
dc.date.updated2011-07-13T15:05:00Z
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3171
dc.description.departmentTheatre and Dance
dc.type.genrethesis*
thesis.degree.departmentTheatre and Dance
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts


Files in this item

Icon

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record