Contradictory Impulses: Canada and Japan in the Twentieth Century

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