Strangers in the Ethnic Homeland raises important questions that urge us to think about ethnic and national identities in new ways.
Strangers in the Ethnic Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Return Migration in Transnational Perspectiveby Takeyuki Tsuda
With an immigrant population currently estimated at roughly 280,000, Japanese Brazilians are now the second largest group of foreigners in Japan. Although they are of Japanese descent, most were born in Brazil and are culturally Brazilian. As a result, they have become Japan's newest ethnic minority. Drawing upon close to two years of multisite fieldwork in Brazil… See more details below
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With an immigrant population currently estimated at roughly 280,000, Japanese Brazilians are now the second largest group of foreigners in Japan. Although they are of Japanese descent, most were born in Brazil and are culturally Brazilian. As a result, they have become Japan's newest ethnic minority. Drawing upon close to two years of multisite fieldwork in Brazil and Japan, Takeyuki Tsuda has written a comprehensive ethnography that examines the ethnic experiences and reactions of both Japanese Brazilian immigrants and their native Japanese hosts.
A thorough job of scholarship. However, what makes this lively reading is Tsuda's description about the lives of immigrants and the Japanese who interacted with them.
...encyclopedic, and for anyone venturing on a serious study of the Brazilian Nikkeijin in Japan in the future, it will be a resource bible.
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A noteworthy addition to studies in labor migration that sets new standards.
A path-breaking study of the ethnic Japanese-Brazilians.... This will be a wonderful teaching book.
This is the book all of us interested in the comparative study of immigration have been waiting for. It is a masterpiece work of exquisite ethnographic detail, theoretical excellence, and conceptual maturity written by a cosmopolitan intellectual. Tsuda's ethnographic empathy, uncanny sense for place and mood, and well-channeled interdisciplinary impulses suggests to me that this book will set the standard for all subsequent anthropological work on immigration in Japan.
This is an inquiry into some of the more elusive aspects of migration. The book is particularly effective in showing how migrants constitute their identities in ways that do not fit in either country of origin or destination and how these evolving identities themselves contribute to reproduce migration. A brilliant study!
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