Multiculturalism in the New Japan: Crossing the Boundaries Within

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Nelson H. Graburn, John Ertl, R. Kenji Tierney
Berghahn Books, Mar 30, 2008 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Like other industrial nations, Japan is experiencing its own forms of, and problems with, internationalization and multiculturalism. This volume focuses on several aspects of this process and examines the immigrant minorities as well as their Japanese recipient communities. Multiculturalism is considered broadly, and includes topics often neglected in other works, such as: religious pluralism, domestic and international tourism, political regionalism and decentralization, sports, business styles in the post-Bubble era, and the education of immigrant minorities.


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Chapter 1The great hanshinawaji earthquake and townmaking towards multiculturalism
Chapter 2Globlaization and the new meanings of the foreign executive in Japan
Chapter 3ReConstructing boundaries
Chapter 4International peripheries
Chapter 5Transnational Migration of Women
Chapter 6Crossing ethnic boundaries
Chapter 7Datsu ZainichiRon
Chapter 9Newcomers in public education
Chapter 10A critical review of academic perspectives on blackness in Japan
Chapter 11Traversing Religious and legal boundaries in postwar Nagasaki
Chapter 12Outside the sumo ring? Foreigners and a rethinking of the national sport
Chapter 13Multiculturalism museums and tourism in Japan

Chapter 8Transnational Community Activities of Nepali VisaOverstayers in Japan

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Nelson H. Graburn was educated in Natural Sciences and Anthropology at Cambridge, McGill, and the University of Chicago. He has carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit of Northern Canada since 1959, and in Japan since 1974. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1964, with visiting appointments at the National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; Le Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques, Aix-en-Provence; the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka; and the Research Center for Korean Studies, Kyushu National University, Fukuoka. His recent research has focused on the study of art, tourism, museums, and the expression and representation of identity.

John Ertl is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked on the JET program in Tochigi Prefecture for two years. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo and spent a year conducting his dissertation research in Noto Peninsula. His research interests include social reproduction and change, traditionalism, place making, urban planning, and local government in Japan.

R. Kenji Tierney earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (2002). After a Reischauer Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University and ExEAS Fellowship at the Weatherhead Institute, Columbia University, he has taught at Union College, Schenectady, New York, since 2004. He has taught courses on Japan and East Asia, Africa, food, space, and place; he specializes in historical and symbolic anthropology.

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