Migration and the Formation of a Diverse Japanese Nation during the First Half of the Twentieth Century

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Beginning with the Meiji period, Japanese population movements outside of the country followed the narratives that accompanied the expansion of the Japanese empire. Beyond the development of settler colonialism in Japanese colonies in East Asian countries, Japanese migrations to North American countries were also expected to establish a “new Japan” (shin nihon) across the Pacific. 1In this context, recent studies of Japanese migration to the United States have started focusing on the connection between Japanese transpacific migrations and the Japanese imperial expansion in East Asia. For example, a representative work of this phenomenon, written by historian Eiichirō Azuma, reveals how the experience of Japanese migrants in the United States was later appropriated by Japanese imperialists to support and promote the Japanese colonial migrations to Manchuria in the 1930s. 2
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Japan as History
Subtitle of host publicationEmpire, Migration, and Social Movements
EditorsPedro Iacobelli, Danton Leary, Shinnosuke Takahashi
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781137568793
ISBN (Print)9781137568779, 9781349579488
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series
ISSN (Print)2634-6273
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6281

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