Based on original research, Japan's Minorities provides a clear historical introduction to the formation of individual minorities, followed by an analysis of the contemporary situation.
This second edition identifies and explores the six principal minority groups in Japan: the Ainu, the Burakumin, the Chinese, the Koreans, the Nikkeijin and the Okinawans. Examining the ways in which the Japanese have manipulated historical events, such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the contributors reveal the presence of an underlying concept of `Japaneseness' that excludes members of these minorities. The book addresses key themes including:
the role of this ideology of `race' in the construction of the Japanese identity
historical memory and its suppression
contemporary labour migration to Japan
the three-hundred year existence of Chinese communities in Japan
mixed-race children in Japan
the feminization of contemporary migration to Japan.
Still the only scholarly examination of issues of race, ethnicity and marginality in Japan from both a historical and comparative perspective, this new edition will be essential reading for scholars and students of Japanese studies, ethnic and racial studies, culture and society, anthropology and politics. 2 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white; 2 Illustrations, black and white