Multiethnic Japan

Multiethnic Japan

eBook - 2001
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Multiethnic Japan 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 & ndash;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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780674002999
0674002997
9780674040175
0674040171
0674002997
9780674002999
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 248 pages)

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