Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan

Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan - 2. Background and Images: Fu...

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2. Background and Images: Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan Near my home is an eighty-acre tract of as fine land as there is in California. On that tract lives a lapanese. With that . . Japanese lives a white woman. In that woman's arms is a baby. What is that baby? It isn't white. It isn't Japanese. It is a germ of the mightiest problem that ever faced this state; a problem that will make the black problem of the South look white.' These were the words of a White minister named Ralph Newman, revealing what he thought about an interracial marriage between an anonymous Japanese American man and an equally anonymous White American woman near Sacramento in 1913. Part I will investigate such marriages between Japanese Americans and non-Japanese. It introduces the reader to Japanese American history and describes the images Japanese Americans and non-Japanese have held of each other. It surveys Japanese Americans' attitudes and behavior with respect to outmarriage over three generations and the first four-fifths of this cen- tury. It describes variations in rates and patterns of intermarriage for immigrant Japanese, their children, and their grandchildren by class and by region. It recounts the ways some Japanese Americans and some non-Japanese tried to stop intermarriages. It tells the stories of individuals who built successful intermarriages and those who failed, and of people of mixed parentage in various times and circumstances. It describes the impact on Japanese American intermarriage of out- side forces, such as the imprisonment of the Japanese American people during World War I1 and the general liberalization of race relations in
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26 - JAPANESE AMERICANS Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan 27 - the postwar period. It notes changes in the ways Japanese Americans have defined their own ethnic boundaries, and it develops a system of categories for analyzing intermarriage behavior by other ethnic groups. Issei, Nisei, Sansei Japanese American history can be divided into five periods: (1) the frontier period, when young Japanese men established a beachhead in the American West; (2) the era of family making, when Japanese women came to America; (3) the youth of the Nisei, or second genera- tion; (4) the trauma of imprisonment during World War 11; and (5) the postwar period, when Japanese Americans moved toward joining the American mainstream. The first official record of Japanese coming to America dates from 1861, when a single individual crossed the ocean. For more than two decades thereafter, only a trickle of students, traders, and perhaps a few immigrants made the journey. The flow picked up in the 1880s, when the Japanese government lifted its ban on emigration and labor contractors began to recruit Japanese to work in Hawaiian cane fields. Some Japanese were coming to the mainland as well. These were the Issei, first-generation Japanese immigrants to America. About 2,000 Japanese emigrated to the United States in the 1880s, 28,000 in the 1890s~ and 225,000 in the first two and a half decades of this ~entury.~ The Japanese called them dekaseginin,
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