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Author Hoffman, Lisa M. (Lisa Mae), author

Title Becoming Nisei : Japanese American urban lives in prewar Tacoma / Lisa M. Hoffman and Mary L. Hanneman
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press in association with University of Washington Libraries, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 289 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The Scott and Laurie Oki series in Asian American Studies
Scott and Laurie Oki series in Asian American studies
Contents Introduction. Becoming Nisei: Spatial Stories and Imprints of Meiji Japan -- From Meiji Japan to Tacoma: Establishing a New Community -- Struggle and Hard Work in Tacoma: Nisei Stories of Family Work from Physical Labor to Entrepreneurialism -- Japanese American Urban Lives: Spatial Stories of a Close Community in Tacoma -- Expanding Spatial Representations of Japanese in Prewar Tacoma -- The Impact of Kuniko and Masato Yamasaki, TJLS Teacher and Principal -- Ethical Lessons of Shushin: Meiji Japan Woven into Nisei Stories -- Conclusion. Incarceration, Dispersal, and Erasure: Destruction of a Community
Summary "As a key West Coast destination for Japanese immigration to the U.S., Tacoma's vibrant nihonmachi had a significant population of Issei and Nisei by the 1920s and 1930s. Prior to World War II, the Tacoma Japanese Language School served as a community hub for the Japanese American community in the city. Based on interviews with over 40 Nisei former students of the school, Lisa Hoffman and Mary Hanneman develop an interdisciplinary analysis of identity construction and negotiations over belonging by second generation Japanese Americans in pre-World War II urban America. With an approach both transnational in perspective and focused on urban space, the book explores the everyday lives of Japanese American children prior to incarceration, including the impact of their daily study at and participation in community events associated with the school. Drawing from interviews and archival sources, the authors illuminate the rich prewar cultural experiences of Japanese Americans in the city, a distinct social history often eclipsed by a focus on wartime incarceration. Additionally, the book underscores the role of the Japanese government and imperial Japanese educational traditions in shaping Tacoma's JLS, as Japan sought to emerge as an equal member of the international community."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 21, 2021)
Subject Nihongo Gakko (Tacoma, Wash.) -- History
Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Tacoma -- Interviews
Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Tacoma -- History -- 20th century
Japanese language -- Study and teaching -- United States
Immigrants -- Washington (State) -- Tacoma -- History -- 20th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Japanese Americans
Japanese language -- Study and teaching
Race relations
Tacoma (Wash.) -- Race relations
United States
Washington (State) -- Tacoma
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Hanneman, Mary L. (Mary Louise), author
LC no. 2020015409
ISBN 9780295748238
Other Titles Japanese American urban lives in prewar Tacoma