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Multiculturalism in the New Japan: Crossing the Boundaries Within

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Multiculturalism in the New Japan

Crossing the Boundaries Within

Edited by Nelson Graburn, John Ertl and R. Kenji Tierney

264 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-226-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2008)

ISBN  978-1-84545-781-5 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (October 2010)

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All in all, this is a very good book, informed and well formed, with vivid descriptions of the varieties of social life. There is something to whet the appetites of sociological researchers of every major subfield here, especially given that it invites further inquiry and analysis at every turn. Multiculturalism in the New Japan is highly recommended both for Japan specialists and for anyone interested in transnational, comparative research involving Japan.  ·  Sociology

“…a valuable addition to the increasing literature on Japanese multiculturalism which has challenged the long-held homogeneous Japan thesis…A particular contribution of this … book is to illuminate the ground-level process where hybridities emerge and group boundaries are redrawn in a particular local context…I greatly enjoyed reading [this book] from beginning to end. My undergraduate students who encountered it in their subject reading list also enjoyed it. I would recommend it highly for both undergraduate and graduate students studying Japanese society."  ·  Japan Studies

This book importantly seeks out the meanings behind the nooks and crannies in which peoples from different cultures are juxtaposed within Japan. However the real work of living side by side, of respecting individual and cultural differences, of embracing diversity…remains a vital challenge to both Japan, as well as to scholars who stand poised to connect the dots of this critical and evolving picture. I recommend this volume as one further step toward that undertaking.”  ·  Asia Pacific World

“…a very readable volume offering through its focus on the local a vivid picture of multiculturalism in Japan.  All articles are ethnographically grounded and it is here, and not in systematic and theoretically exhaustive treatment of the subject of multiculturalism.”  ·  Zeitschrift für Ethnologie


Like other industrial nations, Japan is experiencing its own forms of, and problems with, internationalization and multiculturalism. This volume focuses on several aspects of this process and examines the immigrant minorities as well as their Japanese recipient communities. Multiculturalism is considered broadly, and includes topics often neglected in other works, such as: religious pluralism, domestic and international tourism, political regionalism and decentralization, sports, business styles in the post-Bubble era, and the education of immigrant minorities.

Nelson H. Graburn was educated in Natural Sciences and Anthropology at Cambridge, McGill, and the University of Chicago. He has carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit of Northern Canada since 1959, and in Japan since 1974. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1964, with visiting appointments at the National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; Le Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques, Aix-en-Provence; the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka; and the Research Center for Korean Studies, Kyushu National University, Fukuoka. His recent research has focused on the study of art, tourism, museums, and the expression and representation of identity.

John Ertl is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked on the JET program in Tochigi Prefecture for two years. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo and spent a year conducting his dissertation research in Noto Peninsula. His research interests include social reproduction and change, traditionalism, place making, urban planning, and local government in Japan.

R. Kenji Tierney earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (2002). After a Reischauer Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University and ExEAS Fellowship at the Weatherhead Institute, Columbia University, he has taught at Union College, Schenectady, New York, since 2004. He has taught courses on Japan and East Asia, Africa, food, space, and place; he specializes in historical and symbolic anthropology.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Asia-Pacific


Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction: Internal boundaries and models of multiculturalism in contemporary Japan
Nelson Graburn and John Ertl

Chapter 2. The great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake and town-making towards multiculturalism
Yasuko Takezawa

Chapter 3. Globalization and the new meanings of the foreign executive in Japan
Tomoko Hamada

Chapter 4. (Re)constructing boundaries: International marriage migrants in Yamagata as agents of multiculturalism
Chris Burgess

Chapter 5. Internationalization and localization: Institutional and personal engagements with Japan’s Kokusaika movement
John Ertl

Chapter 6. Transnational migration of women: Changing boundaries of contemporary Japan
Shinji Yamashita

Chapter 7. Crossing ethnic boundaries: Japanese Brazilian return migrants and the ethnic challenge of Japan’s newest immigrant minority
Takeyuki “Gaku” Tsuda

Chapter 8. Datsu Zainichi-ron: An emerging discourse on belonging among ethnic Koreans in Japan
Jeffry Hester

Chapter 9. Transnational community activities of visa-overstayers in Japan: Governance and transnationalism from below
Keiko Yamanaka

Chapter 10. "Newcomers" in public education: Chinese and Vietnamese children in a Buraku community
Yuko Okubo

Chapter 11. A critical review of academic perspectives of blackness in Japan
Mitzi Carter and Aina Hunter

Chapter 12. Traversing religious and legal boundaries in postwar Nagasaki: An interfaith ritual for the spirits of the dead
John Nelson

Chapter 13. Outside the Sumo ring? Foreigners and a rethinking of the national sport
R. Kenji Tierney

Chapter 14. Multiculturalism, museums, and tourism in Japan
Nelson Graburn

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