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Loving Luxury: The Cultural Economy of the Japanese American Home, 1920s

Author:
Lau, Chrissy Yee
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. History
Degree Supervisor:
Paul Spickard
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2013
Issued Date:
2013
Topics:
Gender Studies, History, United States, and Asian American Studies
Keywords:
Domesticity
Race
Japanese American
Middle class
Gender
American Culture
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Description:

In the early 20th century, immigrant Japanese communities experienced heavy anti-immigrant sentiment through land laws, housing disenfranchisement, and exclusion. This dissertation examines how immigrant Japanese communities in Los Angeles cultivated respectable middle-class lifestyles in order to gain national inclusion. Utilizing Survey of Race Relations interviews, newspapers, papers of community organizations, and early 20th century social science research, this dissertation reveals how Japanese Americans responded to anti-immigrant sentiment by creating and building a material culture of American luxury in the home. Out of a growing consumer-driven market economy that greatly appealed to white middle-class standards of living, a new value system emerged within the Japanese American home. This dissertation introduces the new value system as a cultural economy, where practices around the home, individual manners, and family-oriented lifestyles became cultural measurements for national inclusion and exclusion as well as social prestige and hierarchy. Japanese Americans grew a profound commitment to middle-class respectability through newly gendered associations to labor as well as meaningful accumulation of economic success measurable in the stuff of homes.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (234 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3cr5rfm
ISBN:
9781303052385
Catalog System Number:
990039788030203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Chrissy Lau
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