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Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Y. Okihiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847586

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847586.001.0001

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Trans-Pacific Localism and the Creation of a Fishing Colony

Trans-Pacific Localism and the Creation of a Fishing Colony

Pre–World War II Taiji Immigrants on Terminal Island, California

(p.85) Chapter 4 Trans-Pacific Localism and the Creation of a Fishing Colony
Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies

Yuko Konno

University of Hawai'i Press

Before World War II, immigrant fishermen from Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan, many among them from a small town called Taiji, created an almost 100% Japanese community and dominated the local fishing industry on Terminal Island, Los Angeles. This study examines the role of immigrants’ home village in sustaining migration and close connections across the Pacific. Evidence from qualitative and quantitative research demonstrates how transpacific ties played a transformative part in community building on both sides of the ocean. The case of Taiji and Terminal Island sheds light on the degree to which pre-World War II Japanese immigrants embraced a localism rooted in Japan and at the same time made unique cultural and economic contributions in the new ethnoracial environment of the United States.

Keywords:   fishing, canning, Taiji, Terminal Island, localism, village association

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