Where We Begin

Welcome to War Stories. There are certain stories that ground our cultural narrative of WWII, that reflect our cultural anxieties and values and reinforce our collective American identity. Those stories need to be told–we need to learn about Pearl Harbor and Rosie the Riveter and D-Day –but they are not the only stories. World War II was a vast and complicated enterprise and like any historical event, its story is made of many stories. This project is framed by these questions:
  • Whose stories become “the story”?
  • Whose stories are marginalized?
  • Whose voices have power and whose are silenced?
  • How does our understanding of history shift when we re-introduce those voices to the larger story?
  • Notice of Japanese Evacuation from West Coast