Ethnic Heritage across the Generations: Racialization, Transnationalism, and Homeland
This introduction provides theoretical background for understanding ethnic heritage differences among different generations of Japanese Americans. It also addresses the importance of ethnic heritage for Asian American studies, as well as research on ethnic minorities, immigrants, and diasporas. The chapter interrogates the concept of generations and explores how ethnic heritage is relevant to analyses of homeland, assimilation, transnationalism, racialization, and multiculturalism. The research methodology section discusses the author’s fieldwork as a “native anthropologist” and argues that both native and non-native anthropologists are partial outsiders who are positioned at a relative distance from those they study in the field. Ultimately, the cultural differences anthropologists experience with “natives” are productive for fieldwork and essential for anthropological knowledge.
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