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Grief in World War II expressed in art and fashion with Dr Tets Kimura

A sepia photograph of a young Japanese girl and boy.
A sepia photograph of a young Japanese girl and boy.

Overview

Join Dr Tets Kimura as he presents a lecture on his 2023 National Library Fellowship research into how grief was experienced during the Asia-Pacific War in two different nations, Australia and Japan.

In Australia, civilians with a Japanese background were classified as enemy aliens, even though Australia was their home. Here, they were interned in enemy camps, they cried to be treated fairly, and their emotions have been preserved in art and craft works that were made during their internment.

Civilians in Japan also suffered in many wars; their experiences with censorship, famine, forced labour, and firebombing by the Allies targeting Japanese homes have been well-studied. But the war time was also an era when fashion was controlled by the authority, where people were unable to express themselves due to the introduction of the state sartorial code of kokuminfuku (national attire) and mompe working pants.

Dr Kimura’s presentation showcases how grief in the war is identifiable in art and fashion, aiming to generate further discussions on how ordinary people experienced the war, and how to read the war from the perspectives of art/cultural history and fashion studies.

Dates

13 Jun 2024
June 2024
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