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Brokered Homeland : Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan

Brokered Homeland : Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801488085

Cover of Brokered Homeland : Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan 02 (ISBN 978-0801488085)
ISBN13: 978-0801488085
ISBN10: 0801488087

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Published: 2002
International: No

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Brokered Homeland : Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801488085

Joshua Hotaka Roth

ISBN13: 978-0801488085
ISBN10: 0801488087

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Faced with an aging workforce, Japanese firms are hiring foreign workers in ever-increasing numbers. In 1990 Japan's government began encouraging the migration of Nikkeijin-overseas Japanese-who are presumed to assimilate more easily than are foreign nationals without a Japanese connection. More than 250,000 Nikkeijin, mainly from Brazil, now work in Japan.
The interactions between Nikkeijin and natives, says Joshua Hotaka Roth, play a significant role in the emergence of an increasingly multicultural Japan. He uses the experiences of Japanese Brazilians in Japan to illuminate the racial, cultural, linguistic, and other criteria groups use to distinguish themselves from one another. Roth's analysis is enriched by on-site observations at festivals, in factories, and in community centers, as well as by interviews with workers, managers, employment brokers, and government officials.

Considered both "essentially Japanese" and "foreign," nikkeijin benefit from preferential immigration policy, yet face economic and political strictures that marginalize them socially and deny them membership in local communities. Although the literature on immigration tends to blame native blue-collar workers for tense relations with migrants, Roth makes a compelling case for a more complex definition of the relationships among class, nativism, and foreign labor. Brokered Homeland is enlivened by Roth's own experience: in Japan, he came to think of himself as nikkeijin, rather than as Japanese-American.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Transnational Identifications at the Conference for Overseas Japanese
3. On the Line at Yusumi Motors
4. Accidents, Apologies, and Compensation
5. Money and Community at the Brazilian Culture Center
6. Internationalization and the Hamamatsu Kite Festival
7. Conclusion

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