This experimental essay takes the form of a series of episodes related to immigration, race, empire, radical politics, family norms, disease and health, expositions, houses, furnishings, dress, hairstyle, and bodily comportment among Japanese, Koreans, Australians, and North Americans in the year 1908. I have eschewed conventional methods of historical argumentation so that the connections between seemingly disparate events and utterances may emerge elliptically, evoking a historical milieu through their resonance with one another. Interpretive summaries appear in italics. A wiki version of the essay and an apologia for historical montage can be found at www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/sandj/. Japanese and Korean names appear in their original order, with family name first.
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