Japans Minorities - The Illusion of Homogeneity by Michael Weiner

By Michael Weiner

Japan’s Minorities

Based on unique study, Japan’s Minorities offers a transparent historic creation to the formation of person minorities, by means of an research of the modern situation.

This moment version identifies and explores the six crucial minority teams in Japan: the Ainu, the Burakumin, the chinese language, the Koreans, the Nikkeijin and the Okinawans. interpreting the ways that the japanese have manipulated ancient reminiscence, comparable to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the members display the presence of an underlying proposal of‘Japaneseness’ that excludes individuals of those minorities. the foremost issues addressed during this ebook include:

• the function of the ideology of ‘race’ within the development of the japanese identity

• historic reminiscence and its suppression

• modern labour migration to Japan

• the three-hundred-year lifestyles of chinese language groups in Japan

• ‘mixed-race’ kids in Japan

• the development of Black otherness in sleek and modern Japan.

Still the one scholarly exam of problems with race, ethnicity and marginality in Japan from either a old and comparative point of view, this new version can be crucial studying for students and scholars of eastern reports, ethnic and racial stories, tradition and society, anthropology and politics.

Michael Weiner is Professor of contemporary eastern heritage and Director of overseas reviews at Soka collage of the United States.

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Depending upon the specific historical context, nationalism has most often been expressed in terms of economic or territorial expansion, the establishment of political sovereignty, or social and cultural norms of behaviour. In contrast, national consciousness, which serves as a pre-condition to the development of nationalism, implies the existence of historically embedded and culturally transmitted assumptions concerning the imagined community of the nation and its citizens. The modality of nationalism that emerged in the context of post-Restoration Japan was one that idealized cultural and racial homogeneity as the foundation of the nation state.

The section that follows is primarily concerned with the politics of historical memory in post-war Japan. It represents an attempt to map a particular terrain in which conflicting representations of the past and present coexist. For many Japanese, the atomic bombings were the defining moments in their nation’s modern history. At a discursive level, however, the atomic bombings have been situated within a post-war master narrative that not only enhances a well-constructed image of Japan as a (if not the) victim of the Pacific War, but has also relegated other dissonant histories to the periphery of public consciousness.

3). She has also published extensively in Japanese and is the author of Tabunkashugi to Diasupora (Multiculturalism and Diaspora, Tokyo: Akashi Shoten). She is the recipient of an Osaka City University Fellowship for Foreign Researchers and has co-authored a book on diaspora studies in the context of Japan with faculty of that university. Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. D. in anthropology in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley, he was a Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and then served as Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California at San Diego.

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