Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese by Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

By Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

EISBN: 9781439902158

LC name quantity: F899.S49 -- J348 2011eb
OCLC quantity: 699510395

In Claiming the Oriental Gateway, Shelley Sang-Hee Lee explores a number of the intersections of urbanization, ethnic id, and internationalism within the event of eastern american citizens in early twentieth-century Seattle. She examines the improvement and self-image of the town through documenting how U.S. enlargement, Asian trans-Pacific migration, and internationalism have been manifested locally--and how those forces affected residents' relationships with each other and their atmosphere. Lee info the numerous position jap Americans--both immigrants and U.S. born citizens--played within the social and civic lifetime of town as a method of changing into American. Seattle embraced the belief of cosmopolitanism and boosted its position as a cultural and advertisement "Gateway to the Orient" even as it constrained the ways that Asian american citizens may perform the general public faculties, neighborhood artwork construction, civic celebrations, and activities. She additionally appears at how Japan inspired the idea of the "gateway" in its participation within the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and overseas Potlach.
Claiming the Oriental Gateway hence deals an illuminating learn of the "Pacific Era" and trans-Pacific family members within the first 4 many years of the 20th century.

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Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese America

EISBN: 9781439902158

LC name quantity: F899. S49 -- J348 2011eb
OCLC quantity: 699510395

In Claiming the Oriental Gateway, Shelley Sang-Hee Lee explores many of the intersections of urbanization, ethnic identification, and internationalism within the adventure of eastern american citizens in early twentieth-century Seattle. She examines the advance and self-image of town through documenting how U. S. growth, Asian trans-Pacific migration, and internationalism have been manifested locally--and how those forces affected residents' relationships with each other and their atmosphere. Lee info the numerous position jap Americans--both immigrants and U. S. born citizens--played within the social and civic lifetime of the town as a method of changing into American. Seattle embraced the assumption of cosmopolitanism and boosted its position as a cultural and advertisement "Gateway to the Orient" whilst it constrained the ways that Asian americans may perhaps perform the general public faculties, neighborhood artwork creation, civic celebrations, and activities. She additionally appears to be like at how Japan inspired the suggestion of the "gateway" in its participation within the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and foreign Potlach.
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3 In his 1946 semiautobiographical novel, America Is in the Heart, the Filipino American writer Carlos Bulosan makes Seattle a pivotal location in the odyssey of his protagonist, Carlos, an immigrant itinerant worker in the 1930s American West. The city was Carlos’s (as well as the real-life Bulosan’s) point of disembarkation from the Philippines and a place to which he periodically returns or seeks to return in the course of his circuitous life in North America. Following a series of harrowing encounters with racial violence in California and Montana, Carlos goes back to Seattle.

Although Jackson Street was, by most accounts, a rough and seamy area from which “respectable” residents warily kept their distance, it was also a vibrant, ethnically and racially diverse place, and the landscape against which much of Seattle Japanese American history played out. 8 Jackson Street’s multiracial past also points to the need for an analysis of race in the West that employs an expanded lens that takes account of the presence of multiple, not just two, racial groups. From the early to mid-1900s, “Jackson Street” referred to a part of the city south of the downtown business district.

Although most of the new migrants came from within the United States (the Midwest states being especially well represented), many more people arrived from other countries than they had in earlier decades; according to the 1910 census, about 28 percent of Seattle residents were born outside the United States. Particularly numerous among immigrants from Europe were Scandinavians, who in 1910 made up about a third of Seattle’s foreign-born population. 13 A large foreign-born population in Seattle, however, did not make it the eclectic cultural melting pot we might expect to find, as most of these foreigners came from English-speaking nations such as Canada, England, and Scotland.

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