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Japanese American EthnicityIn Search of Heritage and Homeland Across Generations$
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Takeyuki Tsuda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479821785

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479821785.001.0001

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Diasporicity and Japanese Americans

Diasporicity and Japanese Americans

(p.250) 8 Diasporicity and Japanese Americans
Japanese American Ethnicity

Takeyuki Tsuda

NYU Press

This chapter situates Japanese American cultural heritage and transnational ties to the ethnic homeland in a broader diasporic context and proposes the concept of diasporicity to address the relative strength of a geographically dispersed ethnic group’s transnational connections and identifications both with the ancestral homeland and to co-ethnics residing in other countries. Although Japanese Americans are members of the Japanese-descent (nikkei) diaspora, prominent national differences prevent them from identifying with other Japanese-descent nikkei as peoples with a common ethnic heritage. However, like other diasporic groups, they have much stronger social connections to their ethnic homeland than they do to other Japanese descent communities in the Americas.

Keywords:   Diaspora, diasporicity, transnationalism, nikkei/nikkeijin

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