Date of this Version


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Book Chapter

Publication Details

Pre-Print Version (2007)

Gavin, M. (2008). In search of a new identity: Shiga Shigetaka's recommendations for Japanese in Hawai'i. In J. T. Davidann (Ed.), Hawai'i at the crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War (pp. 171-191). Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN: 9780824832254

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2008 HERDC submission.

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After the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), over-population and unemployment became pressing issues in Japan. Many intellectuals were concerned about the social and economic hardships caused by these problems and advocated solving them through emigration. The prominent journalist and a professor of geography at the Tokyo Senmon Gakkô (presently Waseda University), Shiga Shigetaka (1863-1927), believed Hawai’i was an ideal migration destination for the unemployed and impoverished Japanese.



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