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Garden of the WorldAsian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley$
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Cecilia M. Tsu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734771.001.0001

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Pioneering Men and Women

Pioneering Men and Women

Japanese Gender Relations in Rural California

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(p.82) (p.83) 3 Pioneering Men and Women
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Garden of the World
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Cecilia M. Tsu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734771.003.0004

This chapter examines how in sharp contrast to the experience of Chinese immigrants in the Santa Clara Valley, tensions within Japanese immigrant society stemming from gender imbalance were quite widespread during the early period of settlement, when the Issei community found itself mired in intra-ethnic conflict and occasionally violent episodes. Recovered from county coroner and court records along with an array of Japanese and English language sources, the complexity of Issei gender relations, encompassing marriage, desertions, divorce, attempted rape, murder, and suicide, reflected the unique conditions of immigrant life in rural California.

Keywords:   Japanese immigrants, gender relations, gender conflict, crime

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