Jennifer Mariko Neuwalder is a psychiatrist and a Sansei. During World War II, the United States government incarcerated her family in prison camps at Tanforan and Topaz. Neuwalder was born in Englewood, New Jersey, in 1972. She grew up in New Jersey, attended Harvard University for both her BA and MA, and later attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Neuwalder's psychiatry practice specializes in intergenerational trauma and intersectionality. In this interview, Neuwalder discusses growing up in New Jersey, including living in mostly white spaces and encountering racism; family history with both the Holocaust and incarceration of Japanese Americans; multicultural family traditions; small Japanese American community in New Jersey and New York; early interest in origami; education and work history; connecting children to Japanese American heritage; family's incarceration experiences at Topaz; incarceration in popular culture; memorialization of incarceration, including attending Topaz reunions and co-facilitating a Tule Lake Healing Circle; the impact of trauma on the field of psychoanalysis; thoughts on intergenerational healing; and reflections on personal identity.




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