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Mercantilists, Colonialists, and Laborers

Eiichiro Azuma

in Between Two Empires

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159400
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159400.003.0002
 Mercantilists, Colonialists, and Laborers

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This chapter explores Japan's major attitude to emigration, which helped to produce heterogeneous groups of Issei. As various forms of expansionist thought clashed with the pragmatism of dekasegi laborers, ethnic solidarity or any concept of common identity barely existed among Japanese immigrants at the outset. The chapter sets the stage for the tumultuous beginning of Issei society and its history in America.

Keywords: Japan; emigration; expansionism; Issei; immigrants

Chapter.  6549 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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