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Masumi Izumi

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Masumi Izumi is a Professor in the Institute for Language and Culture at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She received her B.A. in Anglo-American Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, M.A. in Political Studies from Queen's University at Kingston in Canada, and Ph.D. in American Studies from Doshisha University. Her Ph.D. dissertation (available upon request), titled "Japanese American Internment and the Emergency Detention Act, 1941-1971: Balancing Internal Security and Civil Liberties in the United States," analyzed how the historical memory of Japanese American wartime incarceration affected postwar civil liberties in the United States. She has also written numerous articles on cultural history of postwar Japanese American and Japanese Canadian communities. Her publications in English include, "Reconsidering Ethnic Culture and Community: A Case Study on Japanese Canadian Taiko Drumming," Journal of Asian American Studies 4.1 (2001): 35-56; "The Japanese Canadian Movement: Migration and Activism before and after World War II," Amerasia Journal 33.2 (2007): 49-66; and "Seeking the Truth, Spiritual and Political: Japanese American Community Building through Engaged Ethnic Buddhism," Peace and Change 35.1 (2010): 39-67.