By Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

EISBN: 9781439902158

LC name quantity: F899.S49 -- J348 2011eb
OCLC quantity: 699510395

In Claiming the Oriental Gateway, Shelley Sang-Hee Lee explores a few of the intersections of urbanization, ethnic id, and internationalism within the adventure of jap american citizens in early twentieth-century Seattle. She examines the advance and self-image of the town by way of documenting how U.S. enlargement, Asian trans-Pacific migration, and internationalism have been manifested locally--and how those forces affected residents' relationships with each other and their atmosphere. Lee info the numerous position eastern Americans--both immigrants and U.S. born citizens--played within the social and civic lifetime of the town as a method of turning into American. Seattle embraced the assumption of cosmopolitanism and boosted its position as a cultural and advertisement "Gateway to the Orient" even as it constrained the ways that Asian american citizens may possibly perform the general public colleges, neighborhood paintings creation, civic celebrations, and activities. She additionally seems to be at how Japan inspired the suggestion of the "gateway" in its participation within the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and foreign Potlach.
Claiming the Oriental Gateway therefore deals an illuminating learn of the "Pacific Era" and trans-Pacific relatives within the first 4 a long time of the 20th century.

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Yet they were also battlegrounds where struggles for racial privilege, economic resources, and social status took on a particular intensity. Finally, this book joins a growing corpus of works in American urban ethnic history that examines the historical experiences of minorities against the contingencies of geography and place, thereby yielding rich insights about the relationships between racialized communities and the development of particular cities. 36 In shedding light on the dynamic and complex relationships between the cities and some of their most disenfranchised inhabitants, they focus our appreciation of how the given configuration of urban space and politics have limited and created possibilities for racial minorities’ civic engagement and broad visibility.

Entry into World War II. A brief epilogue discusses the return of Japanese Americans to Seattle and the revival of a neighborhood-based but still tenuous “cosmopolitan” coalition in 1946 with the formation of the Jackson Street Community Council, which was led by Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Jews, and African Americans. © 1 Multiethnic Seattle Two Views of Jackson Street I n two well-known works of Asian American literature—one autobiographical and the other fictional—that offer descriptions of life in pre– World War II Seattle, the bustling tempo and multiethnic character of urban life immediately strike the reader.

Morgan’s conjecture, however, does underscore the fact that Seattle was a much different place during the 1890s than it was in the 1860s when Chinese first arrived. Japanese immigrants settled in the midst of Seattle’s urban revolution and were, thus, a part of the city’s modernity. One thing that had not changed was racial segregation, and Japanese lived and operated their businesses in Skid Row. The first significant wave of Japanese immigration to the continental United States began around the 1890s and consisted primarily of workingclass males, many of whom were dispossessed farmers and casualties of modernization under the reforms of the Meiji regime, which came to power in 1868.

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