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 belief that the ethnic workforce held unqualified allegiance to the USA. among Empires probes the complexities of prewar jap the USA to teach how eastern in the United States held an in-between area among the U.S. and the empire of Japan, among American nationality and jap racial identification.

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They appealed to the concerns that small numbers of educated rural immigrants shared with respect to the deplorable state of itinerant laborers and immoral women. 24 The intensified American demand for Japanese exclusion induced the new network of immigrant control to funnel its moral reform directives effectively into rural settlements after initial complications. In 1905, a renewed attempt to Sinify the Japanese occurred in California politics as, buoyed by the Hearst press, labor unions and other agitators called for the termination of immigration from Japan.

60 Stringent administrative restrictions only led to widespread popular defiance. Viewed from the perspective of officials, such fraudulent passport applications presented a challenge not only to the diplomatic affairs of the state but also to the very authority of the central government. Military service formed another notable area of popular defiance by entrepreneurial emigrants. Since the 1870s, rural Japanese had resisted conscription in a variety of ways ranging from mass protests to feigned illness.

Even worse were “ex-seamen” who had jumped ship. 2 The situation was similar in the Pacific Northwest. According to an 1891 report, the vast majority of the 300 Japanese in Seattle were prostitutes, pimps, brothel owners, and gamblers, who congregated at Japanese-run gambling dens day and night. 3 In their reports for Tokyo, diplomats stressed a need for resolute government action against the undesirables, but once immigrants set foot on American soil, the officials had neither legal power nor the bureaucratic means to discipline them.

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