The Problem of Generation

Eiichiro Azuma

in Between Two Empires

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159400
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788545 | DOI:
 The Problem of Generation

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The related themes of the Issei as pioneers and the Nisei (second generation) as carrying on Japanese development in the United States were central discourses in the upbringing of many American-born youths. However, neither the Issei pioneer thesis nor its interpretation by Nisei orators provided a concrete picture of what the future might hold for the new generation of Japanese Americans. How did Issei leaders expect the American-born to carry on Japanese development in the face of racial subordination? In what ways did immigrant parents attempt to enable their children to do this? What did Nisei “duty” really mean? The answers to these questions are to be found not so much in the intellectual productions of immigrant historians as in their social practices. This chapter explores some of the key community-wide efforts made by immigrant leaders and parents to promote a positive prospect for the Japanese minority in America in the postexclusion era.

Keywords: Japanese immigrants; Issei; Nisei; Japanese-Americans; immigrant leaders; community leadership; social practices

Chapter.  10610 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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