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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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Ethnic Revival among Fourth-Generation Japanese Americans

Ethnic Revival among Fourth-Generation Japanese Americans

(p.156) 5 Ethnic Revival among Fourth-Generation Japanese Americans
Japanese American Ethnicity

Takeyuki Tsuda

NYU Press

This chapter examines how fourth-generation yonsei youth are attempting to recover their lost ethnic heritage and reconnect with their ancestral homeland, despite their complete assimilation and Americanization. Indeed, for them, assimilation has not so much obliterated their cultural heritage, as it has instigated an ethnic revival under conditions of racialized multiculturalism. As a result, the yonsei study Japanese, major in Asian studies, and forge transnational ties. However, even as this return to ethnic roots represents more than a symbolic ethnicity, it is also a result of the pressures of multicultural racialization and indicates that ethnicity remains involuntary for racialized minorities, even after four generations.

Keywords:   ethnic revival, ethnic heritage, racialization, multiculturalism, assimilation, symbolic ethnicity

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