Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982 / Edition 1

Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982 / Edition 1

by Valerie J. Matsumoto
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801481155

ISBN-13: 9780801481154

Pub. Date: 02/01/1994

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In 1919, against a backdrop of a long history of anti-Asian nativism, a handful of Japanese families established Cortez Colony in a bleak pocket of the San Joachin Valley. Valerie Matsumoto chronicles conflicts within the community as well as obstacles from without as the colonists responded to the challenges of settlement, the setbacks of the Great Depression, the…  See more details below

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In 1919, against a backdrop of a long history of anti-Asian nativism, a handful of Japanese families established Cortez Colony in a bleak pocket of the San Joachin Valley. Valerie Matsumoto chronicles conflicts within the community as well as obstacles from without as the colonists responded to the challenges of settlement, the setbacks of the Great Depression, the hardships of World War II internment, and the opportunities of postwar reconstruction. Tracing the evolution of gender and family roles of members of Cortez as well as their cultural, religious, and educational institutions, she documents the persistence and flexibility of ethnic community and demonstrates its range of meaning from geographic location and web of social relations to state of mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801481154
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Cultivating a Fallow Field1
Ch. 1Taking Root in a Harsh Land17
Ch. 2Growing Up in Cortez: The Prewar Years56
Ch. 3Merced Assembly Center87
Ch. 4Amache119
Ch. 5Reweaving the Web Of Continuity149
Ch. 6Rice and Reflection179
Conclusion. Sustaining Fruit215
Appendix A. Notes on Research219
Appendix B. Oral History Interview Questions225
Appendix C. Recipes from Cortez, with List of Terms230
Bibliography241
Index257

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