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City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950

Valerie J. Matsumoto


This book recovers and explores the forgotten world of urban Nisei girls’ ethnocultural networks in California. By the 1920s Nisei girls’ clubs had taken root in Los Angeles and provided a key venue in which young urban women could claim modern femininity, an American identity, and public space. These groups served as a bulwark against racial discrimination, offering a bridge between the immigrant community’s expectations of young women and the lure of popular culture. Through their youth organizations, second-generation Japanese American women gained access to recreation, cultural education, ... More

Keywords: Nisei girls, girls’ clubs, ethnocultural networks, Japanese American women, urban women, modern femininity, friendship, courtship, youth organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199752249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie J. Matsumoto, author
University of California, Los Angeles