Ethnic Nationalism and Racial Struggle

Eiichiro Azuma

in Between Two Empires

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195159400
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788545 | DOI:
 Ethnic Nationalism and Racial Struggle

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This chapter explores how immigrants' identity and nationalism developed out of the conflict between Japanese and Filipinos in the San Joaquin River delta during the 1930s. Focusing on the local expression of immigrant nationalism, it is argued that their “Japanese consciousness” was primarily a product of American social relations, which shaped their interests and directly affected their daily livelihoods. The Issei's ethnic nationalism resulted as much from an image of a collective enemy and a sense of shared interests in the delta, as from events in Asia or anger against racist society.

Keywords: Japanese immigrants; identity; nationalism; Filipinos; San Joaquin River delta; interethnic conflict; Japanese identity; ethnic nationalism

Chapter.  9336 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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