Gentlemen's agreement, 1908: Fragments for a pacific history

Jordan Sand

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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 sandj/. Japanese and Korean names appear in their original order, with family name first.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-127
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul 16
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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