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Americanization, Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity : THE NISEI GENERATION IN HAWAII - Eileen Tamura

Americanization, Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity


Paperback Published: 1st December 1993
ISBN: 9780252063589
Number Of Pages: 360

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A movement for "Americanization" swept the nation during and after World War I, fueled by wartime hysteria over "foreign" ways. Eileen Tamura examines the forms that hysteria took in Hawaii, where the Nisei (children of Japanese immigrants) were targets of widespread discrimination.
Tamura analyzes Hawaii's organized effort to force the Nisei to adopt
"American" ways, discussing it within the larger phenomenon of Nisei acculturation. While racism was prevalent in "paradise," the Nisei and their parents also performed as active agents in their own lives, with the older generation attempting to maintain Japanese cultural ways and the younger wishing to become "true Americans." Caucasian "Americanizers," often associated with powerful agricultural interests, wanted labor to remain cheap and manageable; they lobbied for racist laws and territorial policies, portending the treatment of ethnic Japanese on the U.S. mainland during World War II.
Tamura offers a wealth of original source material, using personal accounts as well as statistical data to create an essential resource for students of American ethnic history and U.S. race and class relations.

Prologue: The Hawaii Settingp. 1
Sojournersp. 9
Settlersp. 22
The Americanization Campaign
Americanization Feverp. 45
Discrimination and Americanizationp. 70
The Schooling of the Nisei
Schools as Avenues to Middle-Class Lifep. 91
Schools as Channels for Plantation Workp. 125
Japanese Language Schoolsp. 146
Nisei Acculturation
Social Changesp. 165
Cultural Changesp. 188
Occupational Changesp. 211
Epiloguep. 235
Appendix: Firsts among Japanese Americans in Hawaiip. 241
Notesp. 245
Works Citedp. 293
Indexp. 319
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780252063589
ISBN-10: 0252063589
Series: The Asian American Experience
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st December 1993
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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