The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco

Author:   Meredith Oda
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226592749


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   08 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco


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In the decades following World War II, municipal leaders and ordinary citizens embraced San Francisco's identity as the Gateway to the Pacific, using it to reimagine and rebuild the city. The city became a cosmopolitan center on account of its newfound celebration of its Japanese and other Asian American residents, its economy linked with Asia, and its favorable location for transpacific partnerships. The most conspicuous testament to San Francisco's postwar transpacific connections is the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center in the city's redeveloped Japanese-American enclave. Focusing on the development of the Center, Meredith Oda shows how this multilayered story was embedded within a larger story of the changing institutions and ideas that were shaping the city. During these formative decades, Oda argues, San Francisco's relations with and ideas about Japan were being forged within the intimate, local sites of civic and community life. This shift took many forms, including changes in city leadership, new municipal institutions, and especially transformations in the built environment. Newly friendly relations between Japan and the United States also meant that Japanese Americans found fresh, if highly constrained, job and community prospects just as the city's African Americans struggled against rising barriers. San Francisco's story is an inherently local one, but it also a broader story of a city collectively, if not cooperatively, reimagining its place in a global economy.

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Author:   Meredith Oda
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 22.60cm
Weight:   0.408kg
ISBN:  

9780226592749


ISBN 10:   022659274
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   08 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Oda connects the rich local story of the construction of the San Francisco Japanese Cultural and Trade Center with a larger history of Japanese American work as cultural brokers. No other book so thoroughly and thoughtfully explores the transpacific and urban dimensions of this important historical moment. --Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego Oda weaves together urban, international, Asian American, and Pacific histories, illuminating the role of Japanese Americans in shaping San Francisco's identity as the 'Gateway to the Pacific.' The result is a fascinating and effective fusion that makes important contributions across fields. --Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time--Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time


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Meredith Oda is assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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