Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West, 1887-1920 by Kazuhiro OharazekiJapanese Prostitutes in the North American West, 1887-1920 by Kazuhiro Oharazeki

Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West, 1887-1920

byKazuhiro Oharazeki

Hardcover | March 28, 2016

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This compelling study of a previously overlooked vice industry explores the larger structural forces that led to the growth of prostitution in Japan, the Pacific region, and the North American West at the turn of the twentieth century. Combining very personal accounts with never before examined Japanese sources, historian Kazuhiro Oharazeki traces these women?s transnational journeys from their origins in Japan to their arrival in Pacific Coast cities. He analyzes their responses to the oppression they faced from pimps and customers, as well as the opposition they faced from American social reformers and Japanese American community leaders. Despite their difficult circumstances, Oharazeki finds, some women were able to parlay their experience into better jobs and lives in America. Though that wasn?t always the case, their mere presence here nonetheless paved the way for other Japanese women to come to America and enter the workforce in more acceptable ways.

By focusing on this ?invisible? underground economy, Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West sheds new light on Japanese American immigration and labor histories and opens a fascinating window into the development of the American West.

Kazuhiro Oharazeki is instructor of foreign studies at Setsunan University in Japan.
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Title:Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West, 1887-1920Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 28, 2016Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295998334

ISBN - 13:9780295998336

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNote on Individual Names

Introduction

1. Across the Pacific Rim: Global Dimensions of Japanese Prostitution in the North American West 162. Hardships at Home: Micro-level Analysis of the Social Origins of Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West3. Recruitment and Passage: Transpacific Migration of Japanese Prostitutes to the North American West4. Racialized, Exploited, and Excluded: The Lives of Japanese Prostitutes and Barmaids in the North American West5. Breaking the Shackles of Oppression: Japanese Prostitutes? and Barmaids? Response to Sexual and Economic Exploitation 6. The Emergence of Anti?Japanese Prostitution Reforms in the North American West from a Transpacific and Comparative Perspective

ConclusionList of AbbreviationsNotesBibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

This compelling study of a previously overlooked vice industry explores the larger structural forces that led to the growth of prostitution in Japan, the Pacific region, and the North American West at the turn of the twentieth century. Combining very personal accounts with never before examined Japanese sources, historian Kazuhiro Oharazeki traces these women?s transnational journeys from their origins in Japan to their arrival in Pacific Coast cities. He analyzes their responses to the oppression they faced from pimps and customers, as well as the opposition they faced from American social reformers and Japanese American community leaders. Despite their difficult circumstances, Oharazeki finds, some women were able to parlay their experience into better jobs and lives in America. Though that wasn?t always the case, their mere presence here nonetheless paved the way for other Japanese women to come to America and enter the workforce in more acceptable ways.By focusing on this ?invisible? underground economy, Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West sheds new light on Japanese American immigration and labor histories and opens a fascinating window into the development of the American West.A valuable addition?and intervention?to the existing scholarship on early Japanese American history and Asian American women?s history. Provides a rare glimpse into the demographic characteristics of Japanese prostitutes, as well as the socioeconomic context in which they were compelled to leave home. - Eiichiro Azuma, author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America