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Reviewed by Marilyn Iwama
Because the first wave of immigration to North America from Japan occurred during the Meiji era (1868-1912), the persistence of Meiji culture is a familiar theme among writers of Japanese ancestry. Like the visitation of parents’ habits on their children, a sense of Meiji Japan pervades these three books.In Splendid Monarchy, Takashi Fujitani joins the interdisciplinary chorus currently challenging the once popular notion that Meiji cultural practice was an exclusively […more…]