U.S. Nationalism in Japanese Settler Photographs
This chapter provides an overview of the Americanization movement and its efforts to transform the Japanese into patriotic American citizens. It examines this maintenance of American hegemony in Hawai‘i through a dialectic of force and consent visible in family portraits of Japanese settlers taken by Usaku Teragawachi in the 1920s and 1930s. Analyzing the broader meaning of these photographs as they became a part of Japanese settler discourse represented in the 1985 publication Kanyaku Imin: A Hundred Years of Japanese Life in Hawai‘i, the chapter challenges that master narrative of American immigration by situating the “successes” of the Japanese settler community within a colonial system.
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