Desirée Valadares

Desiree Valadares
The Reparative Logics of World War II Confinement Camp Preservation: British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaiʻi in Context
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Desirée Valadares
Edward E. Hildebrand Research Fellowship
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I am a Canadian-trained landscape architect and a 4th year PhD Candidate in Architectural History at Cal. I hold specializations in legal history (Berkeley Law) and ethnic studies (Department of Ethnic Studies).
My dissertation in Architectural History traces a historical genealogy of transnational, intergenerational and cross-racial redress alliances formed in the late 1970s and 1980s, with a focus on British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaiʻi. The purpose is to investigate how former civilian internees (Japanese Canadians, Unangax̂ or Aleuts Alaska Natives and the Japanese American community in Hawaiʻi), who were confined in World War II prison camps, and their descendants demanded legal redress through shared rhetorical and spatial techniques. The incarceration and subsequent preservation of sites in British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaiʻi are anomalies when compared to the U.S. mainland confinement experience. In studying these parallel social movements, I map the ways in which these geographically disparate actors catalyzed varying levels of government involvement in the preservation of confinement sites.