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

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“This extremely important book marks a definite‘breakthrough’ in making a comparative analysis of a single nationality group and its descendants in several new countries. No other book encompasses such a broad, yet very detailed, perspective, and all scholars of Japanese immigrants to the Americas will welcome this new direction in immigration history.”—Brian Hayashi, Kyoto University
“New Worlds, New Lives does a great job of exploring the complex histories, and changing ...
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Overview


“This extremely important book marks a definite‘breakthrough’ in making a comparative analysis of a single nationality group and its descendants in several new countries. No other book encompasses such a broad, yet very detailed, perspective, and all scholars of Japanese immigrants to the Americas will welcome this new direction in immigration history.”—Brian Hayashi, Kyoto University
“New Worlds, New Lives does a great job of exploring the complex histories, and changing demographics, of the Japanese diaspora in only 384 pages...The volume is definately worth $24.95.”—The Hawaii Herald
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Contributors in Asian American studies, cultural anthropology, and inter-cultural studies look at the impact of globalization on the identities of people of Japanese descent living outside Japan, concentrating on Nikkei communities in seven countries of the Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Peru, and the US. They also consider the special case of Latin American Nikkei who have returned to Japan in recent decades to seek employment. Hirabayashi is professor of ethnic studies and a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This extremely important book marks a definite'breakthrough' in making a comparative analysis of a single nationality group and its descendants in several new countries. No other book encompasses such a broad, yet very detailed, perspective, and all scholars of Japanese immigrants to the Americas will welcome this new direction in immigration history."—Brian Hayashi, Kyoto University

"New Worlds, New Lives does a great job of exploring the complex histories, and changing demographics, of the Japanese diaspora in only 384 pages...The volume is definately worth $24.95."—The Hawaii Herald

"Its real strength is its view into the contemporary communities of Nikkei in various host nations, and into Japan as host to its descendants wh have become gaijin."—American Ethnologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804744621
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Asian America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Pt. 1 The Impact of Globalization on Nikkei Identities
Introduction to Part One 1
1 Globalization as Human Dispersal: Nikkei in the World 5
2 The Impact of Contemporary Globalization on Nikkei Identities 19
Pt. 2 Conjunctions of Nikkei Identities
Introduction to Part Two 29
3 In Search of the Hyphen: Nikkei and the Struggle over Brazilian National Identity 37
4 Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia: Relief Materials and Nikkei Populations in the United States and Canada 59
5 An Approach to the Formation of Nikkei Identity in Peru: Issei and Nisei 76
6 The "Labor Pains" of Forging a Nikkei Community: A Study of the Santa Cruz Region in Bolivia 90
7 "The Twain Shall Meet" in the Nisei? Japanese Language Education and U.S.-Japan Relations, 1900-1940 108
8 The Nikkei's Education in the Japanese Language in Paraguay: The Japanese Educational System and Its Influence on the Colonies 126
9 Peruvian Nikkei: A Sociopolitical Portrait 141
10 Pathways to Power: Comparative Perspectives on the Emergence of Nikkei Ethnic Political Traditions 159
Pt. 3 Disjunctions of Nikkei Identities
Introduction to Part Three 179
11 I Woman, I Man, I Nikkei: Symbolic Construction of Femininity and Masculinity in the Japanese Community of Peru 187
12 Migration as a Negotiation of Gender: Recent Japanese Immigrant Women in Canada 205
13 Race, Gender, Ethnicity and the Narrative of National Identity in the Films of Tizuka Yamazaki 221
14 The Japanese-Brazilian Dekasegi Phenomenon: An Economic Perspective 237
15 The Dekasegi Phenomenon and the Education of Japanese Brazilian Children in Japanese Schools 249
16 The Emigration of Argentines of Japanese Descent to Japan 261
17 The Nikkei Negotiation of Minority/Majority Dynamics in Peru and the United States 279
18 The Uchinanchu Diaspora and the Boundary of "Nikkei" 296
19 Nikkeijin and Multicultural Coexistence in Japan: Kobe after the Great Earthquake 310
Pt. 4 Retrospect and Prospects
20 Retrospect and Prospects 333
Index 351
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