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Life of Paper: Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity

Sharon Luk


This book explores the life-worlds sustained through letter correspondence within the evolution of racism and mass incarceration in California history. Across three cases, this investigation uncovers how letter correspondence facilitates a form of communal life for groups targeted for racialized confinement in different phases of development in the U.S. West: “Detained” focuses on migrants from Southern China during peak years of U.S. Chinese Exclusion; “Interned” focuses on families of Japanese ancestry during the WWII period; and “Imprisoned” focuses on socialities of Blackness in the post-C ... More

Keywords: Letters, Incarceration, Immigration, Detention, Internment, Racism, California, Trans-Pacific, Blackness, Epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520296237
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520296237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Luk, author
University of Oregon