This article looks at Japanese attitudes toward indigenous people in the North American West and their place on the land that Japanese immigrants hoped to settle and develop. Examples of popular conceptions and of Japanese diplomats’ efforts to position Japanese settlers in reference to other settlers and indigenous people are not intended as a comprehensive survey of Japanese immigrant attitudes but as a few examples indicating the important work remaining for scholars to bridge the gap between immigration and indigenous history. They invite further work on the interrelations between marginalized groups and a more complex understanding of racism and immigration.
Reframing Race and Place: Locating Japanese Immigrants in Relation to Indigenous Peoples in the North American West, 1880–1940
Andrea Geiger is an Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., and the author of Subverting Exclusion: Transpacific Encounters with Race, Caste, and Borders, 1885–1928 (Yale, 2011), which was awarded the 2011 Theodore Saloutos Book Award (Immigration and Ethnic History Society) and the 2013 Association of Asian American Studies History Book Award. Her current research examines historical encounters between Japanese migrants and indigenous people in the North American West.
Andrea Geiger; Reframing Race and Place: Locating Japanese Immigrants in Relation to Indigenous Peoples in the North American West, 1880–1940. Southern California Quarterly 1 August 2014; 96 (3): 253–270. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2014.96.3.253
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