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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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Japanese American Ethnic Legacies and the Future

(p.271) Conclusion
Japanese American Ethnicity

Takeyuki Tsuda

NYU Press

Returning to the various factors that cause some generations of Japanese Americans to emphasize ethnic heritage more than others, the concluding chapter reemphasizes that Japanese Americans have not experienced predictable, linear processes of progressive assimilation and loss of ethnic heritage over generations. Instead, each generation has negotiated its own ethnic positionality in response to a complex of historical and contemporary factors, which include racialization, the changing status of the ethnic homeland, and the prevalence of assimilation or multiculturalism. The concluding chapter ends with some thoughts about the future of the Japanese American community, including the experiences of biracial individuals, whose numbers will continue to increase in the coming decades.

Keywords:   ethnic heritage, generation, assimilation, multiculturalism, biracial Japanese Americans

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