Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in by Eiichiro Azuma

By Eiichiro Azuma

The incarceration of eastern americans has been discredited as an enormous blemish in American democratic culture. Accompanying this view is the idea that the ethnic team held unqualified allegiance to the us. among Empires probes the complexities of prewar eastern the US to teach how eastern in the US held an in-between house among the USA and the empire of Japan, among American nationality and jap racial identification.

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It is useless to reprove those who are ignorant, for it prompts no response. It is those who understand that must be addressed. Who are those people? 1 In 1894, a Japanese student-immigrant in San Francisco penned these words for a Tokyo political journal. His message resonated with early Issei leaders, who disdained the likes of prostitutes and itinerant laborers for tarnishing the national reputation. Until the 1920s, the question of how to control the behavior of “the poor,” both in a moral and material sense, was among the most important agendas of the Japanese immigrant community.

This is how Great Britain has become what she is today. In a similar vein, [a Japanese emigrant] shall be regarded as a loyal subject. For while sacrificing himself at the time of national crisis is a direct way of showing loyalty, engaging in various enterprises abroad is an indirect way of discharging patriotism. . 13 Not everyone, however, was capable of taking up such an endeavor, in Fukuzawa’s opinion. He restricted the practitioners of entrepreneurial migration to the United States to a narrow range of educated, middle-class Japanese, for the national “enrichment of Japan” was contingent upon whether or not emigrants possessed the dispositions with which to remain loyal imperial subjects even on foreign soil.

Meanwhile, between June and September, the Sacramento affiliate sent its leaders twice to San Francisco in order to obtain a written guarantee for the October dispatch. But as the deadline approached, the Japanese Deliberative Council formally announced the cancellation of the delegation plan—an action that immediately created a schism within the San Francisco leadership and between the council’s central body and many of its local affiliates. In the Bay Area, more than fifty Japanese residents united to establish a breakaway organization, the Japanese Association of San Francisco.

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