Multiethnic Japan

Multiethnic Japan

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qMultiethnic Japanq challenges the received view of Japanese society as ethnically homogeneous. Employing a wide array of arguments and evidence--historical and comparative, interviews and observations, high literature and popular culture--John Lie recasts modern Japan as a thoroughly multiethnic society. Lie casts light on a wide range of minority groups in modern Japanese society, including the Ainu, Burakumin (descendants of premodern outcasts), Chinese, Koreans, and Okinawans. In so doing, he depicts the trajectory of modern Japanese identity. Surprisingly, Lie argues that the belief in a monoethnic Japan is a post-World War II phenomenon, and he explores the formation of the monoethnic ideology. He also makes a general argument about the nature of national identity, delving into the mechanisms of social classification, signification, and identification.The decline of sex tours to South Korea and Taiwan and the high cost of Japanese sex workers contributed to the inflow ... However, the very need to qualify the word for foreigners with that for workers a€” which has a connotation of manual oranbsp;...

Title:Multiethnic Japan
Author:John Lie
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2009-07-01


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