Of Another Fashion

An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color

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This is a makeshift beauty salon at the Japanese American internment camp called Camp Amache or Granada Relocation Center in Colorado. Like many other internment camps, Camp Amache was built on an Indian reservation. In other words, the government’s forcible relocation of 120,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents from the West Coast depended in great measure on the displacement of Native Americans from the interior U.S. (The Poston camp in Arizona was overseen by the Office of Indian Affairs, now the Bureau of Indian Affairs.) World War II is just one of the many moments in U.S. history in which Asian American and Native American histories are mutually shaped and deeply interconnected.

The film Passing Poston: An American Story (on the Poston internment camp in Arizona) explores the cross-genealogies of Japanese American and Native American histories a bit.

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