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Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History (Asian America) Hardcover – March 6, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0804751476 ISBN-10: 0804751471 Edition: 1st

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"Yuji Ichioka invented the term "Asian American..." This posthumous collection of essays—most of which were selected by Ichioka for a book project similar to his first book, Issei—takes a good look at where Ichioka came from as a scholar and activist, and... offers a new window on Japanese history, and the relationship between the government and overseas Japanese. Several of these chapters would work very well in immigration or ethnic studies courses, and the whole should be required reading for graduate students and scholars interested in the past or future of Asian American studies."—H-Net Reviews

"Ichioka's ability to comprehend the complexity of the situation raises many fresh, thought-provoking quesitons in a field that appeared near saturation point."Japanese Studies

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This is a collection of the last essays by Yuji Ichioka, the foremost authority on Japanese-American history, who passed away two years ago. The essays focus on Japanese Americans during the interwar years and explore issues such as the nisei (American-born generation) relationship toward Japan, Japanese-American attitudes toward Japan's prewar expansionism in Asia, and the meaning of “loyalty” in a racist society—all controversial but central issues in Japanese-American history.
Ichioka draws from original sources in Japanese and English to offer an unrivaled picture of Japanese Americans in these years. Also included in this volume are an introductory essay by editor Eiichiro Azuma that places Ichioka's work in Japanese-American historiography, and a postscript by editor Chang reflecting on Ichioka’s life-work.

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