Japanese Migration to America

Hinata Shono Hanover College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Mi Yung Yoon Hanover College
Immigration is a historical and current event that continuously affects relationships between countries and conditions of an immigrant country in different ways. Currently, immigrants from Japan to the United States tend to be students and workers coming in for a short period of time. However, Japanese people started immigrating as labourers in the late 19th century. Japan used to be a closed country and avoided contact with foreign countries for more than a hundred years. After the visit of Matthew C. Perry who played an important role to dismantle Japan’s isolationist status, Japan started building a relationship with the U.S. Starting from the labor migration to Hawaii in 1868, the Japanese people immigrated mainly to the West Coast of North America. The purpose of this paper is to understand Japanese immigration from the historical context to explore the integration of Japanese immigrant generations into American society. How did Japanese immigrants come to the U.S.? What were the factors that helped Japanese immigrants sustain their lives in the American society? What legislation was enacted concerning Japanese Americans in the U.S.? Although Japanese immigrants were notable in creating Japanese communities and supporting each other financially, they had to encounter various restrictions from the U.S. government.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:30 PM
Jordan Hall 201