Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese America

Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese America

by Shelley Sang-Hee Lee
     
 

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In Claiming the Oriental Gateway, Shelley Sang-Hee Lee explores the various intersections of urbanization, ethnic identity, and internationalism in the experience of Japanese Americans in early twentieth-century Seattle. She examines the development and self-image of the city by documenting how U.S. expansion, Asian trans-Pacific migration, and

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In Claiming the Oriental Gateway, Shelley Sang-Hee Lee explores the various intersections of urbanization, ethnic identity, and internationalism in the experience of Japanese Americans in early twentieth-century Seattle. She examines the development and self-image of the city by documenting how U.S. expansion, Asian trans-Pacific migration, and internationalism were manifested locally—and how these forces affected residents’ relationships with one another and their surroundings.

Lee details the significant role Japanese Americans—both immigrants and U.S. born citizens—played in the social and civic life of the city as a means of becoming American. Seattle embraced the idea of cosmopolitanism and boosted its role as a cultural and commercial "Gateway to the Orient" at the same time as it limited the ways in which Asian Americans could participate in the public schools, local art production, civic celebrations, and sports. She also looks at how Japan encouraged the notion of the "gateway" in its participation in the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and International Potlach.

Claiming the Oriental Gateway thus offers an illuminating study of the "Pacific Era" and trans-Pacific relations in the first four decades of the twentieth century.

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"Claiming the Oriental Gateway is an important contribution to the understanding of diversity of Japanese American experiences and a valuable contribution to the field of Asian American Studies, U.S. urban history, and U.S. western history." 
Karen Leong, author of The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong Chiang, and the Transformation of American Orientalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439902158
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/10/2010
Series:
Asian American History & Cultu
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
1 MB

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