Organized Panel Session
This panel expands the boundaries of the Japanese empire to interrogate its transnational (and trans-imperial) influences on the Americas, largely defined. The Empire of Japan emerged as a relevant international player in the late-nineteenth century and pursued policies that challenged the growing influence of the U.S. in the Pacific and on the American continents. This panel complements the often U.S.-centered narrative of Japanese relations in the Western Hemisphere by including the perspectives of Japanese in Latin America. The themes drawn in this session cover issues across time and place that together provide a new appreciation of the cross-border presence of Japanese in all parts of the Americans; they range from the outflow imaginaries (at home and abroad) that surrounded newly formed overseas Japanese communities to the direct relations between Japanese imperial subjects and the American republics. Dr. Hilary Dickerson's paper examines the transnational circulation of faith and wartime experiences between Seventh-day Adventist Christians in Japan and the U.S. and identify themes of identity and war. Dr. Hernandez Galindo's paper presents a worm’s eye view of the early experience of Japanese migrants in Mexico, highlighting the social and political conditions found in the receiving nation-state. Andre Kobayashi's paper analyzes the end of the pre-World War II migration experiment in Brazil through the lens of domestic power struggles and the material lives of Japanese Brazilian agricultural migrants. And finally, Dr. Iacobelli's paper examines the wartime Japanese subversive activities in Chile and thus Japan’s challenge to the U.S. hegemony in the continent.