What is Citizenship?


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What is citizenship? In the fifth episode of the Yon-Say Podcast Yoko and Hiro are joined by guests Leidy and Nat to interrogate the complicated and often dehumanizing notion of citizenship which pervades our country and its systems. Is citizenship a legitimate mode of belonging in a country that put its own citizens in concentration camps, barred others from naturalization on the basis of race, and continues to subjugate residents who do not have documentation? From the treatment of Issei in the 1900s to the experiences of undocumented people today, we delve into how citizenship operates as an institution of oppression, what it means to be part such an institution, and what it means to be excluded from it.