During World War II, the United States forcibly removed over 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast and sent them to confinement camps in remote and often barren areas of the country's interior. Archaeologist Bonnie J. Clark studies this dark, often overlooked moment in US history and takes inside a camp known as Amache, where she's uncovered something surprising (and beautiful) buried in the soil.
Dr. Bonnie J. Clark co-leads the DU Amache Project, a community collaboration researching, preserving, and interpreting Amache, Colorado's World War II-era JapaneseAmerican incarceration camp. She is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver & the Curator of Archaeology at the DU Museum of Anthropology. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Bonnie believes that tangible history, objects, sites, and landscapes help better understand the humanity. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and skiing across the west. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx