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date: 16 May 2021

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This essay examines the historiography and methodology of studying East Asian immigrants (from China, Japan, and Korea) to Hawai’i and the United States mainland by observing how their immigration patterns were influenced by traditional “push-pull” models as they responded to transnational capitalism, labor migration, globalization, imperialism, race, and empire. The essay focuses on their immigration trends through the period of exclusion, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the postwar arrival of “war brides,” the importance of gender on immigration and resettlement, and the impact of the Tiananmen Incident and the adoption of Asian children by Americans on recent East Asian American populations.

Keywords: adoption, capitalism, empire, exclusion, gender, labor, race, transnational, World War II, war brides

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