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Contradictory Impulses

Canada and Japan in the Twentieth Century

Patricia E. Roy is the winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Historical Association.

Canada’s early participation in the Asia-Pacific region was hindered by “contradictory impulses” shaping its approach. For over half a century, racist restrictions curtailed immigration from Japan, even as Canadians manoeuvred for access to the fabled wealth of the Orient. Canada’s relations with Japan have changed profoundly since then. In Contradictory Impulses, leading scholars draw upon the most recent archival research to examine an important bilateral relationship that has matured in fits and starts over the past century. As they makes clear, the two countries’ political, economic, and diplomatic interests are now more closely aligned than ever before and wrapped up in a web of reinforcing cultural and social ties.

Contradictory Impulses is a comprehensive study of the social, political, and economic interactions between Canada and Japan from the late nineteenth century until today.

299 pages

Table of Contents

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Introduction / Greg Donaghy and Patricia E. Roy

1 Soul Searchers and Soft Power: The Canadian Protestant Missionary Movement in Japan, 1873-1951 / Hamish Ion

2 God's Envoys: Canadian Catholic Missionaries in Japan, 1898-2000 / Richard Leclerc

3 Transitional Relations: Japanese Immigration and the Suian Maru Affair, 1900-11 / David Sulz

4 A Menace to the Country and the Empire: Perceptions of the Japanese Military Threat to Canada before 1931 / Gregory A. Johnson and Galen Roger Perras

5 Pacific Beginnings: Canada and Japan between the Wars, 1929-41 / John D. Meehan

6 Only If Necessary: Canada's War against Japan, 1941-45 / Bill Rawling

7 Rethinking the Occupation: E.H. Norman, Canada, and the American Empire in Asia, 1945-51 / John Price

8 Two Other Solitudes: Encounters between Japanese Canadians and French Canadians, 1900-50 / Greg Robinson

9 Reopening the Door: Japanese Remigration and Immigration, 1945-68 / Patricia E. Roy

10 Under the Radar: Japanese Investment in Canada since 1945 / Carin Holroyd

11 Smiling Diplomacy Redux: Trudeau's Engagement with Japan, 1968-76 / Greg Donaghy

12 North Pacific Neighbours in a New World: Canada-Japan Relations, 1984-2006 / John Kirton

13 Canadian Chanceries in Tokyo / Marie-Josée Therrien

14 Projecting Canada in Japan: Reflections on the Japanese Association for Canadian Studies, 1979-2004 / Masako Iino

Conclusion / Patricia E. Roy and Greg Donaghy

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