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Title:
Multiethnic Japan
Author:
Lie, John.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xiii, 248 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780674002999

9780674013582
Format :
Book

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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.


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This scholarly but highly interesting book explodes the popular myth that Japan is a monoethnic society. Even the Japanese themselves (Yamato) often have heard little or nothing of the Ainu, Okinawans, Burakumin, Koreans, and Chinese among them. And within these groups, the Burakumin form more of an underclass, or a lower caste, than an ethnic or cultural group, as the others do. In any case, this cultural diversity is more a matter of degree than of ignorance or misunderstanding as these groups form such a small minority of the population that ignorance and misunderstanding of them is not surprising. Lie carefully explains the reasons behind these misunderstandings while exploring the concept Japanese have of themselves. Lie's background as a Korean who lived in Japan gives poignancy to his findings; his position as professor of sociology at the University of Illinois makes his analytical work very thorough and engrossing. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.DKitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on Terminology
Introduction
1 The Second Opening of Japan
2 The Contemporary Discourse of Japaneseness
3 Pop Multiethnicity
4 Modern Japan, Multiethnic Japan
5 Genealogies of Japanese Identity and Monoethnic Ideology
6 Classify and Signify
Conclusion
Appendix: Multilingual Japan
References
Index

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