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Strangers in the Ethnic Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Return Migration in Transnational Perspective

Strangers in the Ethnic Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Return Migration in Transnational Perspective

by Takeyuki Tsuda


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ISBN-13: 9780231128384
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/23/2003
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Takeyuki Tsuda is the associate director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California at San Diego.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Japanese Brazilians as Immigrant Celebrities
Introduction: Ethnicity and the Anthropologist: Negotiating Identities in the Field
Part 1. Minority Status
1. When Minorities Migrate: The Japanese Brazilians as Positive Minorities in Brazil and Their Return Migration to Japan
2. From Positive to Negative Minority: Ethnic Prejudice and "Discrimination'' Toward the Japanese Brazilians in Japan
Part 2. Identity
3. Migration and Deterritorialized Nationalism: The Ethnic Encounter with the Japanese and the Development of a Minority Counteridentity
4. Transnational Communities Without a Consciousness? Transnational Connections, National Identities, and the Nation-State
Part 3. Adaptation
5. The Performance of Brazilian Counteridentities: Ethnic Resistance and the Japanese Nation-State
6. "Assimilation Blues'': Problems Among Assimilation-Oriented Japanese Brazilians
Conclusion: Ethnic Encounters in the Global Ecumene
Epilogue: Caste or Assimilation? The Future Minority Status and Ethnic Adaptation of the Japanese Brazilians in Japan

What People are Saying About This

George A De Vos

A noteworthy addition to studies in labor migration that sets new standards.

Wayne Cornelius

A path-breaking study of the ethnic Japanese-Brazilians.... This will be a wonderful teaching book.

Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco

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.

Saskia Sassen

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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