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Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese Americaby Eiichiro Azuma
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The incarceration of Japanese Americans has been discredited as a major blemish in American democratic tradition. Accompanying this view is the assumption that the ethnic group held unqualified allegiance to the United States. Between Two Empires probes the complexities of prewar Japanese America to show how Japanese in America held an in-between space between the United States and the empire of Japan, between American nationality and Japanese racial identity.
Eiichiro Azuma is an Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Immigrant transnationalism between two empires — I: Multiple beginnings — Mercantilists, colonialists, and laborers: heterogeneous origins of Japanese America — II: Convergences and divergences — Re-forming the immigrant masses: the transnational construction of a moral citizenry — Zaibei doho: racial exclusion and the making of an American minority — III: Pioneers and successors — "Pioneers of Japanese development": history making and racial identity — The problem of generation: preparing the nisei for the future — Wages of immigrant internationalism: nisei in the ancestral land — IV: Complexities of immigrant nationalism — Helping Japan, helping ourselves: the meaning of issei patriotism — Ethnic nationalism and racial struggle: interethnic relations in the California delta — Wartime racisms, state nationalisms, and the collapse of immigrant transnationalism.
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