By Eiichiro Azuma
The incarceration of jap americans has been discredited as a huge blemish in American democratic culture. Accompanying this view is the idea that the ethnic crew held unqualified allegiance to the USA. among Empires probes the complexities of prewar jap the USA to teach how eastern in the United States held an in-between area among the U.S. and the empire of Japan, among American nationality and jap racial identification.
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By virtue of their sojourns abroad, emigrant laborers were able to enjoy annual draft deferments; but in exchange they would be subject to mandatory induction into the army upon their return to Japan without a chance of obtaining reserve status. Yet even this restriction could not match the genius of many emigrants, who simply overstayed in the United States until after their eligibility for active duty expired at the age of thirty-two. The Japanese government was particularly concerned with this problem in the early 1900s, for ofﬁcials considered it to be not only embarrassing but also inimical to national security.
Some leaders of Seattle and northern California Japanese communities decided to dispatch representatives to appeal to Japan’s social and political ﬁgures in opposition, who were as eager to gain advantage from governmental “failure” as were the Issei to ﬁnd support for their agenda at home. 29 In California, the question of whether or not to directly appeal to the home public caused great commotion, which corroded the power of the Japanese Deliberative Council as the central governing body. ”30 Deliberative Council president Kyutaro Abiko accepted the consul’s “advice” as a policy directive, although hot-headed residents in pursuit of direct action had already forced the council to commence a fundraising drive for an ofﬁcial California delegation.
The massive inﬂux of common laborers from Japan incited anti-“Oriental” agitation 29 MULTIPLE BEGINNINGS among white Californians, who had excluded Chinese immigrants on the pretext of their economic, cultural, and racial danger. S. mainland altogether in August 1900. 60 Stringent administrative restrictions only led to widespread popular deﬁance. Viewed from the perspective of ofﬁcials, such fraudulent passport applications presented a challenge not only to the diplomatic affairs of the state but also to the very authority of the central government.
Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America by Eiichiro Azuma