Prof. Heidi Kim discusses "Taken from the Paradise Isle" at DENSHO

Heidi Kim, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, was a participant in the inaugural Scholars’ Roundtable hosted by Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project in Seattle, Washington. She and other prominent scholars of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II (including Prof. Eric Muller of UNC Law School) discussed their recently published works (including Kim’s Taken from the Paradise Isle, UP Colorado, 2015), current work, the challenges and opposition that this field of study faces, and future directions.

Heidi Kim, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, presents new work at the Densho Scholar Roundtable. Photo and caption provided by DENSHO.

“It was a privilege to participate in this roundtable,” said Prof. Kim. “I was energized by hearing about the amazing work of my fellow scholars, and we also learned a lot from the archivists’ meeting that ran simultaneously. I came away with new ideas for my own work and for teaching and public engagement, which we all agree is crucial for this major event in civil rights history.”

Densho, the hosting organization, is a grassroots public history nonprofit that maintains extensive digital collections and educational materials on the incarceration of Japanese Americans.