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Pacific Connections

The Making of the U.S.-Canadian Borderlands

Kornel Chang

Publication Year: 2012

In the late nineteenth century the borderlands between the United States, the British Empire in Canada, and the Asia-Pacific Rim emerged as a crossroads of the Pacific world. In Pacific Connections, Kornel Chang tells the dramatic stories of the laborers, merchants, smugglers, and activists who crossed these borders into the twentieth century, and the American and British empire-builders who countered them by hardening racial and national lines. But even as settler societies attempted to control the processes of imperial integration, their project fractured under its contradictions. Migrant workers and radical activists pursued a transnational politics through the very networks that made empire possible. Charting the U.S.-Canadian borderlands from above and below, Pacific Connections reveals the messiness of imperial formation and the struggles it spawned from multiple locations and through different actors across the Pacific world.

Published by: University of California Press

Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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pp. 2-8

Contents

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pp. vii-10

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-16

It is with great pleasure and relief that I am finally able to thank the many people and institutions that have helped bring this book to the finish line. I want to start by thanking my teachers at the University of Chicago, where the book got its start. Thomas Holt taught me about the ways racism has operated in the modern world, and his commitment to deconstruct its cor-...

Maps

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pp. 17-18

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

It is with great pleasure and relief that I am finally able to thank the many people and institutions that have helped bring this book to the finish line. I want to start by thanking my teachers at the University of Chicago, where the book got its start. Thomas Holt taught me about the ways racism has operated in the modern world, and his commitment to deconstruct its corrosive logic has inspired many..

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1. Brokering Empire

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pp. 17-53

In 1862, Chin Gee Hee began a journey that would take him from his rural village in Guangdong province, China, to the various frontiers of the North American West. Inspired by the dream of “Gold Mountain”—the  ubiquitous myth that spurred the mass movement of Chinese to the Anglophone settler world in the mid- and late nineteenth century—Chin ...

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2. Contracting Between Empires

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pp. 54-88

...in their Seattle office to come up with a response to the new restrictions on Japanese emigration imposed recently by the Meiji government. Over protests from mercantile houses in Japan and the United States, the Japanese government had made the decision to limit the number of laborers leaving for America to two hundred per month. As one company executive point-...

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3. Circulating Race and Empire

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pp. 89-116

...the secretary of the Vancouver Trades and Labour Council, was on the steps of City Hall rehearsing remarks for the day’s event when he started to notice the crowd gathering around him. While the multitude would eventually include politicians, merchants, and clergymen, it was comprised mostly of laborers who had converged on Vancouver from all parts of the region for ...

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4. Pacific Insurgencies

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pp. 117-146

...in 1908, the vancouver world reported that South Asian anticolonial activists were “subscribing money for seditious purposes” in British Columbia, turning the province into a veritable “centre for revolutionary agitation.” Elaborating on this new foreign menace, the paper claimed that, “there is a certain school there, ostensibly for the instruction of Indians in ...

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5. Policing Migrants and Militants

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pp. 147-178

...and Mew Singh, crossed the boundary into the sleepy border town of Sumas, Washington. They were trailed closely by U.S. immigration inspectors who had been tipped off to a possible meeting of South Asian radicals there. While the exact purpose of the gathering was unknown, authorities suspected it was part of an ongoing plot to exploit the controversy surrounding the Komagata ...

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Epilogue and Conclusion

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pp. 179-192

...this world is awaiting some city on the Pacific that is willing, able, wise, and foresighted enough to reach and secure it. This idea is not an opinion, it is reality. Already this trade amounts to hundreds of millions a year; but that is only a beginning. The China Club can secure most of this trade for Seattle if it will sincerely strive to secure it. That trade is not only between China (especially ...

Notes

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pp. 193-236

Bibliography

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pp. 237-252

Index

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pp. 253-268

Other Works in the Series, Production Notes

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pp. 287-290


E-ISBN-13: 9780520951549
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520271692

Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: American Crossroads