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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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Defending the “American Farm Home”

Defending the “American Farm Home”

Japanese Farm Families and the Anti-Japanese Movement

(p.107) 4 Defending the “American Farm Home”
Garden of the World

Cecilia M. Tsu

Oxford University Press

As Japanese farm families settled more permanently in the Santa Clara Valley and throughout rural California by the late 1910s, their presence set off a prolonged anti-Japanese movement centered on allegations of deviant Japanese family labor practices. This chapter demonstrates the ways in which the formation of Japanese families by 1920 became a flashpoint of conflict, forcing new definitions of the white family farm ideal. The specter of Japanese family farming in California was central in the drive to institutionalize discrimination against Asians through immigration exclusion, denial of citizenship, and tougher alien land laws in the early 1920s.

Keywords:   alien land laws, anti-Japanese movement, Japanese Americans, agriculture

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