Creating and recreating community: Hiroshima and Canada 1891-1941

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dc.contributor.author Ayukawa, Michiko Midge
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-31T19:09:31Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-31T19:09:31Z
dc.date.copyright 1996 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-07-31
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9797
dc.description.abstract This dissertation covers the political, economic, and social circumstances in Japan that led to the emigration from Hiroshima prefecture, and the lives and communities of these emigrants in Canada. It traces the gradual conversion of a sojourner society to family-centred communities with social relationships modelled upon the Hiroshima village societies the immigrants came from. Ostracized by white workers, exploited by the British Columbia entrepreneurs in a “split labour market,” and denigrated to second class citizenship by institutional racism, the pioneers nevertheless persevered and reared their Canadian-born nisei children to be Japanese Canadians. That is, they “acculturated” their offspring with Japanese language and traditions so that the nisei would be able both to function within the Japanese communities in Canada and would be proud of their heritage. The degree of acculturation of the nisei varied and was dependent on many factors: family goals, environments, time periods, as well as individual inclinations. This study employed both English and Japanese language sources including oral interviews of over fifty Hiroshima settlers and their descendants residing in Japan and in Canada. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Japanese Canadians en_US
dc.title Creating and recreating community: Hiroshima and Canada 1891-1941 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Tsurumi, E. Patricia
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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