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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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Ethnic Nationalism and Racial Struggle

Ethnic Nationalism and Racial Struggle

Interethnic Relations in the California Delta

(p.187) 8 Ethnic Nationalism and Racial Struggle
Between Two Empires

Eiichiro Azuma (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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