New Worlds, New Lives: Globalization and People of Japanese Descent in the Americas and from Latin America in Japan

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Akemi Kikumura-Yano, James A. Hirabayashi
Stanford University Press, 2002 - 358 Seiten
This ambitious work confronts the complex question of who and what is a Nikkei, that is, a person of Japanese descent, by studying their communities in seven countries in the Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. It also considers the special case of the many Latin American Nikkei who have returned to Japan in recent decades to seek employment.

The contributors draw upon a range of disciplines to present a multifaceted portrait of people of Japanese descent in the Americas, the destination of 90 percent of Japanese emigrants. Thus, for example, the reader is able to view the Peruvian Japanese experience through the eyes of an anthropologist, a demographer/historian, and a journalist--all of whom are Peruvians of Japanese descent.

Among the main questions explored in New Worlds, New Lives are: What is the historical background and current status of Nikkei society in a given country? Are there any common attributes the Nikkei share across the Americas, especially in terms of social institutions, the family, the position of women, religion, education, politics, and economics? What are the significant differences between the Nikkei populations in the various countries and why have these differences developed? What are the future prospects of Nikkei communities in the Americas?


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The Impact of Globalization on Nikkei Identities
The Impact of Contemporary Globalization on Nikkei Identities
Nikkei and the Struggle over
Relief Materials
The Twain Shall Meet in the Nisei? Japanese Language
A Sociopolitical Portrait
Comparative Perspectives on
Disjunctions of Nikkei Identities
Race Gender Ethnicity and the Narrative of National Identity
An Economic
The Dekasegi Phenomenon and the Education of Japanese
The Emigration of Argentines of Japanese Descent to Japan
The Nikkei Negotiation of MinorityMajority Dynamics in Peru
The Uchinanchu Diaspora and the Boundary of Nikkei
Retrospect and Prospects

Femininity and Masculinity in the Japanese Community of Peru
Recent Japanese

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Über den Autor (2002)

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is Professor of Ethnic Studies and a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Akemi Kikumura-Yano is Director of Research and International Relations at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. James A. Hirabayashi is Chief Program Advisor at the Japanese American National Museum.

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