Redescription as Potential

Navigating Representation and Ethical Description in the Collections on Japanese American Incarceration
Friday, Apr 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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The Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) launched a pilot project during Winter Quarter to survey LSC collections documenting the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and audit archival description in finding aids for euphemistic language not in line with the preferred terminology advocated for by the Japanese American Community. The Redescription Scholar surveyed existing description and proposed actions for updating outdated, culturally insensitive language to better reflect self-description by communities, drawing from the now canonical vocabularies published by the Japanese American Citizens League.

This dialogue will provide a space for sharing discoveries made while surveying and to engage in conversations about ethical and anti-racist archival descriptive practices. Our primary goal with this workshop is to foster dialogue and work towards a consensus about what the ethical stewardship of collections entails. All are welcome. Feel free to forward this to any interested parties.

About the Speaker:
Rishi Guné (they/them) is a current MA student in Asian American Studies. Their research looks at the ideological construct of the nation-state through a bio-political analysis of the public and private spheres of the nation. Their project will focus on understanding new modes of creating and envisioning the nation-state paradigm in India and the U.S. Their thesis project will focus on creating a new genre art installation that will work to re-signify the citizen-subject’s place within the public sphere of the nation. They began working in the CFPRT in early January, and are excited to use their experience facilitating dialogues for this project.

Suggested Readings Prior to Attendance:

Sharon Farnel, et. al, “Unsettling Our Practices: Decolonizing Description at the University of Alberta Libraries,” The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 2(1-2), (2018)

Honma, T. (2005). Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(2). Retrieved from

Joan M. Schwartz and Terry Cook, "Archives, records, and power: The making of modern memory" Archival Science (2002) 2: 1,


 (pdf) created by Kuhelika Ghosh as part of a CFPRT Redescription Project at UCLA Library Special Collections, Winter 2019.

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