Hybrid Identities and Adolescent Girls

Hybrid Identities and Adolescent Girls

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This book examines the ethnic, gendered, and embodied 'hybrid' identities of 'half-Japanese' girls in Japan, colourfully narrated through their own voices. The girls struggle to positively construct their identities into positions of control over disempowering discourses of 'otherness', while also celebrating cultural capital as they negotiate their constructed identities of 'Japaneseness', 'whiteness' and 'halfness/doubleness'.... the heroic Japanese child overcomes the beastly foreign intruder, much larger and stronger than himself (Dower, 1986). ... The evaluation in modern-day Japan of the high social value of interculturalism has given rise to this discourse.

Title:Hybrid Identities and Adolescent Girls
Author:Laurel D. Kamada
Publisher:Multilingual Matters - 2010


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