“Pioneers of Japanese Development”

Eiichiro Azuma

in Between Two Empires

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159400
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788545 | DOI:
 “Pioneers of Japanese Development”

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This chapter explores how history writing helped forge an undifferentiated memory that would guide the Issei through the years preceding their wartime internment. The success of the Japanese exclusion movement led many Issei to grope for something in which to take pride and for which to hope, albeit under the general principle of acquiescence. Writing a common history was the Issei historians' attempt to replace the group's crisis of racial subordination with a shared memory of their “glorious” past in the post-1924 years.

Keywords: Japanese immigrants; wartime internment; history; memory; racial subordination

Chapter.  8759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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