the issei world of the first generation japanese immigrants 1885 1924

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The Issei

Author : Yuji Ichioka
ISBN : 0029324351
Genre : History
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Discusses early Japanese immigration, the labor-contracting system and organized labor, and the impact of changing U.S. immigration policy

Japanese American Ethnicity

Author : Stephen S. Fugita
ISBN : 0295801832
Genre : Social Science
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Why do some groups retain their ethnicity as they become assimilated into mainstream American life while others do not? This study employs both historical sources and contemporary survey data to explain the seeming paradox of why Japanese Americans have maintained high levels of ethnic community involvement while becoming structurally assimilated. Most traditional approaches to the study of ethnicity in the United States are based on the European immigrant experience and conclude that a zero-sum relationship exists between assimilation and retention of ethnicity: community solidarity weakens as structural assimilation grows stronger. Japanese Americans, however, like American Jews, do not fit this pattern. The basic thesis of this book is that the maintenance of ethnic community solidarity, the process of assimilation, and the reactions of an ethnic group to outside forces must be understood in light of the internal social organization of the ethnic group, which can be traced to core cultural orientations that predate immigration. Though frequently excluded from mainstream economic opportunities, Japanese Americans were able to form quasi-kin relationships of trust, upon which enduring group economic relations could be based. The resultant ethnic economy and petit bourgeois family experience fostered the values of hard work, deferred gratification, and other perspectives conductive to success in mainstream society. This book will be of interest to sociologist and psychologist studying ethnicity, community organization, and intergenerational change; and to anyone interested in the Japanese American experience from an economic or political perspective, Asian American studies, or social history of the United States.

Before Internment

Author : Yuji Ichioka
ISBN : 0804751471
Genre : History
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This book is an anthology of essays by Yuji Ichioka, the foremost authority on Japanese American history, which studies Japanese American life and politics in the interwar years.

Japanese Immigrant Clothing In Hawaii 1885 1941

Author : Barbara F. Kawakami
ISBN : 0824817303
Genre : Social Science
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Examines the clothes that Japanese men and women in Hawaii wore, and how the changes reveal the shift in identity from foreigner to Japanese American over two generations. Draws on interviews, preserved pieces of clothing, literature, and photographs from family collections, many of which are reproduced. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Voices From The Canefields

Author : Franklin Odo
ISBN : 9780199813032
Genre : Music
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Holehole bushi, folk songs of Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations, describe the experiences of this particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In this book author Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context.

Views From Within

Author : Yuji Ichioka
ISBN : UOM:39015029855577
Genre : History
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Japanese American Internment During World War Ii

Author : Wendy L. Ng
ISBN : 031331375X
Genre : History
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Collects sources of information regarding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, including personal essays, photographs, and biographies of the major figures involved.

Roots Of The Issei

Author : Andrew Leong
ISBN : 9780817922061
Genre : Social Science
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Roots of the Issei presents a complex and nuanced picture of the Japanese American community in the early twentieth century: a people challenged by racial prejudice and anti-Japanese immigration laws trying to gain a foothold in a new land while remaining connected to Japan. Against this backdrop, Andrew Way Leong examines the emergence of generational terms that have long been used to organize Japanese American narratives: issei (first generation), nisei (second generation), and sansei (third generation). In the process, he suggests these widely-used generational concepts are in fact a recent construct. Leong's illuminating research is made possible by the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world's largest open-access, full-image, and searchable online digital collection of Japanese American newspapers. With this technology, Leong is able to analyze materials that until recently were regarded as beyond computer-aided analysis, due to difficulties presented by the complexity of Japanese language. With access to these primary sources, Leong is able to upend several scholarly assumptions and beliefs and present a never-before-seen picture of Japanese American struggles—both with an adversarial host country and among themselves—backed by the authority of primary sources.

Picture Bride Stories

Author : Barbara F. Kawakami
ISBN : 082486624X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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During the 1885 to 1924 immigration period of sugar plantation laborers from Japan to Hawai'i, more than 200,000 Japanese, mostly single men, made the long journey by ship to Hawai'i. As it became apparent that they would never return to Japan, many of the men sent for brides to join them in their adopted home. More than 20,000 of these "picture brides" immigrated from Japan and Okinawa to Hawai'i to marry husbands whom they knew only through photographs exchanged between them or their families. Based on Barbara F. Kawakami's first-hand interviews with sixteen of these women, Picture Bride Stories is a poignant collection that recounts the diverse circumstances that led them to marry strangers, their voyages to Hawai'i, the surprises and trials that they encountered upon arriving, and the lives they led upon settling in a strange new land. Many found hardship, yet persevered and endured the difficult working and living conditions of the sugarcane plantations for the sake of their children. As they acclimated to a foreign place and forged new relationships, they overcame challenges and eventually prospered in a better life. The stories of the issei women exemplify the importance of friendships and familial networks in coping with poverty and economic security. Although these remarkable women are gone, their legacy lives on in their children, grandchildren, and succeeding generations. In addition to the oral histories-the result of forty years of interviews-the author provides substantial background on marriage customs and labor practices on the plantations.

Japanese American Midwives

Author : Susan L. Smith
ISBN : 9780252092435
Genre : Social Science
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In the late nineteenth century, midwifery was transformed into a new woman's profession as part of Japan's modernizing quest for empire. With the rise of Japanese immigration to the United States, Japanese midwives (sanba) served as cultural brokers as well as birth attendants for Issei women. They actively participated in the creation of Japanese American community and culture as preservers of Japanese birthing customs and agents of cultural change. The history of Japanese American midwifery reveals the dynamic relationship between this welfare state and the history of women and health. Midwives' individual stories, coupled with Susan L. Smith's astute analysis, demonstrate the impossibility of clearly separating domestic policy from foreign policy, public health from racial politics, medical care from women's care giving, and the history of women and health from national and international politics. By setting the history of Japanese American midwives in this larger context, Smith reveals little-known ethnic, racial, and regional aspects of women's history and the history of medicine.

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