Concerned with people called variously: eta, burakumin, buraku jumin, buraku people, outcastes, or "the lowest of the low", this book examines how their experience of caste/status-based discrimination in 19th century Japan affected their experience of race-based discrimination in the West of the US and Canada in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Caste, status, and mibun -- Emigration from Meiji Japan -- Negotiating status and contesting race in North America -- Confronting White racism -- The U.S.-Canada border -- The U.S.-Mexico border -- Debating the contours of citizenship -- Reframing community and policing marriage -- The rhetoric of homogeneity -- Conclusion: Refracting difference -- Timeline: Key moments in Japanese immigrants' history in North America to 1928 -- Glossary
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