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Essay on Farming the Home Place, by Valerie J. Matsumoto

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Subject area Biology
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Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American community in California 1919-1982 by Valerie J. Matsumoto presents a close and in-depth study of social and culture heritage of Cortez, a small agricultural settlement located in San Joaquin valley in California. Divided into six chapter, the book is based mostly on the oral interviews responses from eighty three members of Issei, Nisei, and Sansei generations. But several information are also obtained from the regional newspapers, community documents, and World War II concentration camp books. Following the end of World War I in 1919, a group of thirty-two settled in San Joaquin Valley, California making their cultural community in Cortez. Despite the Alien Land Law of 1913, which prevented Asians from purchasing land or renting it for more than three years, the majority of the families were able to set up fruit orchards in big land areas. It is this community that the author of the publication conducted her study. Matsumoto studies three centuries, Issei, Nisei, and Sansei living in a closely linked cultural neighborhood. She focuses her studies in the Western immigration experiences during the time when many Americans were fearful with the influx of immigrants from Asia. The book shows a vivid picture of the way Cortex Japanese suffered violence, discriminations during Anti-Asian legislation and bias in 1920s, the Great Depression of 1930s, along with the internment of 1940s. It also shows an examination of the adjustment period after the end of World War II and their return to the home place. Valerie has successfully portrayed the picture of change in gender role within the ethnic community. She has cited an example of Sansei. In the book, it is said that the older generation was purely patri...

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