YONSEI: A JAPANESE AMERICAN STORY



Editorial design, book design, art direction

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Final thesis work for the Master in Graphic Design at EINA Centro Universitario de Diseño y Arte de Barcelona. Written and designed by Kenzie Yoshimura, tutored by Nikita Bashmakov.
Yonsei is an editorial publication about the Japanese incarceration in the United States during World War II and the silence around the topic, both intergenerationally among Japanese families as well as in United States history and memory.

This 150 page book weaves together one family’s history with a carefully selected collection of official photos from the United States government. The publication intends to honor and preserve the memories of past generations while creating a new narrative around the originally propagandistic official images.

This project is an homage to the unique Japanese American experience and the author’s journey to understand her own family’s history and its place in the complex history of the United States. As the generation that experienced the camps ages and as the U.S. treads treacherously in modern issues of discrimination, exclusion and political injustice against minorities, it is a crucial time to tell these stories.