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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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Assimilation and Loss of Ethnic Heritage among Third-Generation Japanese Americans

Assimilation and Loss of Ethnic Heritage among Third-Generation Japanese Americans

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(p.111) 3 Assimilation and Loss of Ethnic Heritage among Third-Generation Japanese Americans
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Japanese American Ethnicity
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Takeyuki Tsuda

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479821785.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the third-generation sansei, who have followed the assimilative trajectory of their prewar nisei parents. Raised in white, middle-class suburbs, they are well integrated into mainstream American society and have experienced a considerable degree of socioeconomic success. Compared to the other generations, they have generally lost their ancestral heritage and have the least interest in developing transnational ties with Japan. However, they experienced the ethnic activism of the Asian American movement in the 1960s and 1970s, the gradual turn toward multiculturalism, and the emergence of Japan as a respected global economic power. As a result, the sansei claim to have inherited aspects of the ancestral Japanese culture and express greater pride in their ethnic identities as Japanese Americans than the prewar nisei.

Keywords:   third generation, assimilation, ethnic heritage, ethnic identity

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