SOU Professor Pens New Book

(Ashland, Ore.) — Dr. Precious Yamaguchi, Assistant Professor of Communication and Emerging Media and Digital Arts in Southern Oregon University’s Department of Communication, has recently seen her first book, “Experiences of Japanese American Women During and After World War II: Living in Internment Camps and Rebuilding Life Afterwards,” published by Lexington Books.
Though focused on telling the story of internment and its aftermath through the experiences of Japanese American women, Yamaguchi stresses that the book is about much more than only that. “This is about American history,” she said. “It’s about all families—all over the world —and the importance of sharing and collecting our stories. Every family throughout its generations has faced and overcome challenges in different ways.”
The book chronicles the experiences of Japanese American women during World War II including the period prior to internment, time spent in the camps, and attempts at rebuilding life afterward. “This was a truly unique experience. What these families went through and its aftermath is significant in American history, to know that our country made the decision to intern and imprison its own citizens based upon their ethnicity, and it’s important to make sure these stories are told so events such as the internment camps don’t happen again in the future,” Yamaguchi said. “Because Japanese culture so greatly values modesty and this generation is aging, it’s imperative that their stories be heard now.”
Though Yamaguchi is a communication instructor, the book overlaps a number of fields in academia, including communication, ethnic studies, history, human rights, psychology, cultural studies, political science, and more.
“Experiences of Japanese American Women During and After World War II: Living in Internment Campus and Rebuilding Life Afterwards” is available at
About Precious Yamaguchi
Dr. Precious Yamaguchi teaches courses in the Communication Department and the Emerging Media and Digital Arts program. She graduated with her doctorate in Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University with research emphases in critical studies, international communication, intercultural communication, and digital media. Her academic research is interdisciplinary, focusing broadly on issues of culture, identity, generation, social media, technology, and international textile markets.
About Southern Oregon University
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