Biotic Borders: Transpacific Plant and Insect Migration and the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism in America, 1890–1950 - Paperback

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This timely book reveals how the increase in traffic of transpacific plants, insects, and peoples raised fears of a biological yellow peril" beginning in the late nineteenth century, when mass quantities of nursery stock and other agricultural products were shipped from large, corporate nurseries in Japan to meet the growing demand for exotics in the United States. Jeannie Shinozuka marshals extensive research to explain how the categories of "native" and "invasive" defined groups as bio-invasions that must be regulated-or somehow annihilated-during a period of American empire-building. Shinozuka shows how the modern fixation on foreign species provided a linguistic and conceptual arsenal for anti-immigration movements that gained ground in the early twentieth century. Xenophobia fed concerns about biodiversity, and in turn facilitated the implementation of plant quarantine measures while also valuing, and devaluing, certain species over others. The emergence and rise of economic entomology and plant pathology alongside public health and anti-immigration movements was not merely coincidental. Ultimately, what this book unearths is that the inhumane and unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II cannot, and should not, be disentangled from this longer history"--
  • | Author: Jeannie N. Shinozuka
  • | Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
  • | Publication Date: Apr 20, 2022
  • | Number of Pages: 312 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 0226817334
  • | ISBN-13: 9780226817330
Author:
Jeannie N. Shinozuka
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date:
Apr 20, 2022
Number of pages:
312 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0226817334
ISBN-13:
9780226817330