Love and War


Wars threaten to unmake worlds. Living in times of war can mean a loss ‌of normalcy, security, or a sense of home, if not the loss of lives. In navigating these real or seemingly imminent losses, one finds solace in another’s act of reaching out with a dance or a letter—acts that remake a world where humanity still reigns.

Japanese Americans experienced a particular unmaking of their community when they were interned during the Second World War. They lost not only their civil liberties but also their homes, their forms of livelihood, and the communities they built over the decades prior to the war.

Men and women serving in the war, along with their loved ones, lived in fear that they may never see each other again. Or, if they did, the returning soldier might not be the same given the traumas experienced in war. As a part of a collective wartime effort, many individuals tried to boost the morale of service men and women, as well as support the families who lost their loved ones.

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