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The gateway to the Pacific : Japanese Americans and the remaking of San Francisco

Author: Meredith Oda
Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Historical studies of urban America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meredith Oda
ISBN: 9780226592602 022659260X 9780226592749 022659274X
OCLC Number: 1028892464
Description: x, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Japan and Japanese Americans in the Pacific metropolis through World War II --
Orienting the gateway to the Pacific : reconsidering Japan and reshaping civic identity --
Redeveloping citizens : planning a new Japanesetown --
Pacific crossings : Japan, Hawai'i, and the redefinition of Japanesetown --
Intermediaries with Japan : the work of professional Japanese Americans in the gateway --
Local struggles : Japanese American and African American protest and cooperation after 1960 --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Historical studies of urban America.
Other Titles: Japanese Americans and the remaking of San Francisco
Responsibility: Meredith Oda.

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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 Japanese 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."--Back cover.

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