I picked “Farming the Home Place” at the beginning of this semester is because a particular Japanese American Community story seems more interesting to me than a general immigrants and American Society book.
Valerie J. Matsumoto is the author of the book, she is a PhD graduated from Stanford and she is a professor in UCLA, department of history. “Farming the Home Place” is one of her books about the ethnic community studies. Matsumoto’s books more focus on the study of small rural ethnic communities instead of the large cities’ situation.
“Taking root” is the first chapter of the book, it is the start of the farming and it is the start of the story. The story begins with the word I just know for not long, picture bride. Sakaguchi Maju was a twenty one years old girl, she began her new life in California in 1915, she wasn’t happy because the real situation is not what she expected and she wanted to go back to Japan.
“Growing Up in Cortez” is the second chapter. The name is related to the farm too. This is an important chapter because the book is a study of the social and cultural history of Cortez. It is a small agricultural settlement located in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The time was bad because the Great Depression and the World War II. There are three generations been mentioned in the book, Issei, Nisei and Sansei. “The cortez Nisei created their own social outlet in November 1934 with the formation of the Cortez Young People’s Club(CYPC), open to all Nisei of high school age or older.” The size of the CYPC became bigger, by 1940 Nisei constituted two-thirds of the Japanese American population in the Livingston area. The CYPC had relation with sports, community service projects. CYPC had baseball and basketball teams and even a girls’ basketball team. In last week’s paper, I compared the differences between Chinese immigrants and Japanese immigrants. One of the different is the gender. After 1952, Japanese female immigration increases,...
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