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Between Two EmpiresRace, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America$
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Eiichiro Azuma

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159400.001.0001

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“Pioneers of Japanese Development”

“Pioneers of Japanese Development”

History Making and Racial Identity

(p.89) 4 “Pioneers of Japanese Development”
Between Two Empires

Eiichiro Azuma (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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