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

By Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

In Claiming the Oriental Gateway, Shelley Sang-Hee Lee explores many of the intersections of urbanization, ethnic id, and internationalism within the event of eastern americans in early twentieth-century Seattle. She examines the advance and self-image of the town by means of documenting how U.S. growth, Asian trans-Pacific migration, and internationalism have been manifested locallyoand how those forces affected citizens' relationships with each other and their atmosphere. Lee information the numerous function jap Americansoboth immigrants and U.S. born citizensoplayed within the social and civic lifetime of town as a method of turning into American. Seattle embraced the assumption of cosmopolitanism and boosted its function as a cultural and advertisement "Gateway to the Orient" even as it restricted the ways that Asian american citizens may perform the general public colleges, neighborhood artwork construction, civic celebrations, and activities. She additionally appears to be like at how Japan inspired the thought of the "gateway" in its participation within the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and foreign Potlach. Claiming the Oriental Gateway therefore deals an illuminating learn of the "Pacific period" and trans-Pacific kin within the first 4 a long time of the 20th century.

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Members of the black middle class also led local branches of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Sojourner Truth Home, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and formed their own fraternal lodges. The church was an especially important center of community and social life. 73 Among working-class African Americans in the city, severely restricted economic opportunities characterized their lives before World War II.

Officials’ general concern with diplomacy with the country acted as a check on the tone and severity of anti-Japanese politics. The Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1907 was, in effect, an exclusionary measure pushed by American nativism, although it allowed Japan to save face through its concession to restrict the issuing of passports to laborers wishing to go to the United States. S. citizen, often a Japanese relative born in the United States. S. Supreme Court decision in Takao Ozawa v. United States in 1922, which ruled that Japanese were not Caucasian and therefore were ineligible for naturalization.

54 Capitalizing on the city’s overall growth and the development of Japanese distribution networks throughout the region, their business activities also extended beyond the confines of Nihonmachi. 1. 56 These values, buttressed by strong traditions of social responsibility and filial piety, he argues, ensured that Japanese American youths stayed out of trouble and equipped them for success as adults. Such organizations as the Japanese Commercial Club and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, with membership rolls in the hundreds, promoted Japaneseowned businesses by regulating competition, providing mutual assistance, and sharing information.

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