Farming the Home Place: A Japanese Community in California, 1919-1982 by Valerie J. MatsumotoFarming the Home Place: A Japanese Community in California, 1919-1982 by Valerie J. Matsumoto

Farming the Home Place: A Japanese Community in California, 1919-1982

byValerie J. Matsumoto

Paperback | December 23, 1993

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In 1919, against a backdrop of a long history of anti-Asian nativism, a handful of Japanese families established Cortez Colony in a bleak pocket of the San Joachin Valley. Valerie Matsumoto chronicles conflicts within the community as well as obstacles from without as the colonists responded to the challenges of settlement, the setbacks of the Great Depression, the hardships of World War II internment, and the opportunities of postwar reconstruction. Tracing the evolution of gender and family roles of members of Cortez as well as their cultural, religious, and educational institutions, she documents the persistence and flexibility of ethnic community and demonstrates its range of meaning from geographic location and web of social relations to state of mind.
Title:Farming the Home Place: A Japanese Community in California, 1919-1982Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.27 inPublished:December 23, 1993Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

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ISBN - 10:0801481155

ISBN - 13:9780801481154

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"Farming the Home Place, enriched by material gathered from over eighty interviews that supplement research into local archival and manuscript collections, is a sensitive, subtle, even understated book. It will speak to a wide variety of audiences, both academic and popular, for its implications are many for the understanding of the nature of community and ethnicity in American life."—Gordon H. Chang, Journal of American Ethnic History (Spring 1996)