Historian to speak at Louisiana Tech on Japanese Americans in Louisiana

Mar 30, 2015 | Liberal Arts

“Creole Nippon: Japanese Americans in Louisiana” will be the topic when Louisiana Tech University’s department of history continues its annual International Affairs Speaker Series starting at noon Wednesday, April 1, in Wyly Tower Auditorium. Featured speaker for the occasion will be Dr. Greg Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Quebec at Montreal. During his visit to North Louisiana, Robinson will also speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 the Lincoln Parish Library. His topic will be “Asian-American Women in Louisiana: An Unexpected Presence.” Both events are free and open to the public. A specialist in U.S.-Japanese relations, Robinson is writing a book on the history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana, since the earliest days of the relationship in the mid-19th century. “What’s so exciting about Professor Robinson’s presentations is that he’s giving us a global perspective on our own local history, helping us see ourselves in fascinating and previously unexplored ways,” said Dr. Andrew C. McKevitt, a Tech assistant professor of history and events coordinator for the International Affairs series. “Professor Robinson’s research injects much needed complexity into the ethnic and racial history of Louisiana, which has so often been told as a black-and-white story. It’s worth recognizing the real diversity of background and experience in our state.” A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Greg Robinson holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in history from New York University. His many publications include “By the Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans,” “A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America” and “After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics,” the first full-length history of Japanese Americans’ lives in the aftermath of internment during World War II. The International Affairs Speaker Series is sponsored by the Louisiana Tech University department of history and Lambda-Rho Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc. Written by Judith Roberts –