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At the beginning of the twentieth century, thousands of Japanese citizens sought new opportunities abroad. By 1910, nearly ten thousand had settled in Mexico. Over time, they found work, put down roots, and raised families. But until now, very little has been written about their lives. Looking Like the Enemy is the first English-language history of the Japanese experience in Mexico.
 
Japanese citizens were initially lured to Mexico with promises of cheap and productive land in Chiapas. Many of the promises were false, and the immigrants were forced to fan out across the country, especially to the lands along the US border. As Jerry García reveals, they were victims of discrimination based on “difference,” but they also displayed “markers of whiteness” that linked them positively to Europeans and Americans, who were perceived as powerful and socially advanced. And, García reports, many Mexicans looked favorably on the Japanese as hardworking and family-centered.
 
The book delves deeply into the experiences of the Japanese on both sides of the border during World War II, illuminating the similarities and differences in their treatment. Although some Japanese Mexicans were eventually interned (at the urging of the US government), in general the fear and vitriol that Japanese Americans encountered never reached the same levels in Mexico.
 
Looking Like the Enemy is an ambitious study of a tumultuous half-century in Mexico. It is a significant contribution to our understanding of the immigrant experience in the Western Hemisphere and to the burgeoning field of borderlands studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. Introduction: The Japanese Experiment in Mexico
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Chapter One: Japanese Mexicans, Immigration, and the Public Imagination, 1897–1910
  2. pp. 14-41
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  1. Chapter Two: Japanese Orientalism and the Mexican Revolution, 1910–1920
  2. pp. 42-73
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  1. Chapter Three: The Japanese and Post-revolutionary Mexico, 1920s and 1930s
  2. pp. 74-105
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  1. Chapter Four: The Long Reach of the American Empire: Japanese Mexicans, US Hegemony, and Mexican Propaganda, 1941–1945
  2. pp. 106-138
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  1. Chapter Five: Prisoners without Chains: The Forced Relocation of Japanese Mexicans, 1942–1945
  2. pp. 139-160
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  1. Chapter Six: El Comité Japonésde Ayuda Mutua: Hacienda Internment Camps and Japanese Resistance, 1942–1945
  2. pp. 161-184
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  1. Conclusion: I Am 60 Percent Mexican and 60 Percent Japanese
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-249
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816598861
Related ISBN
9780816530250
MARC Record
OCLC
874965288
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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