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This article is an edited chapter on the major historical events and contemporary characteristics of the Japanese American community, excerpted from The New Face of Asian Pacific America: Numbers, Diversity, and Change in the 21st Century, edited by Eric Lai and Dennis Arguelles in conjunction with AsianWeek Magazine and published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library Ed. Lawrence W. Baker, Sonia Benson, James L. Outman, Rebecca Valentine, and Roger Matuz. Vol. 2: Vol. 2: Almanac. Detroit: UXL, 2004. p381-422. COPYRIGHT 2004 U*X*L, COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale, COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale, Cengage Learning
The history of Japanese immigration to the presentday United States began in 1868, when 148 illegal contract laborers arrived in Hawaii to work on sugar plantations. By 1925, over 200,000 Japanese had left their homes for Hawaii, and about 180,000 went to the mainland of the United States. This generation of Japanese-born immigrants are known as Issei.
from Pew Research
Japanese Americans—the smallest of the six subgroups, representing about 7.5% of the U.S. Asian population—are more mixed: more than one-third are Christian (38%, including 33% who are Protestant), another third are unaffiliated (32%) and a quarter are Buddhist (25%).5
The Japanese American population is leading the nation in aging. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of adults 65 and older among Japanese Americans (23.6%) was nearly twice the number of adults in that age group in the general population (12.9%).
This study examines identity negotiations of intercultural Japanese-U.S. American families particularly in terms of a) how dominant ideologies and societal structures relate to the formation and negotiation of intercultural married couples’ identities, and b) how they negotiate the relational, family, and cultural identities in their relationship.
The authors provide new insights into Japanese family caregiving by describing the concept of sekentei and how this concept may influence family caregiving of elderly family members and underutilization of social services among Japanese caregivers.
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender Ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. p790-803. COPYRIGHT 2007 The Gale Group Liana Zhou, Sumie Jones, Timon Screech, Margaret H. Childs and Ekaterina Korobtseva
This qualitative interview study investigated Japanese understandings of spirituality, religion, and The Divine. Thirteen native Japanese living in central Ohio (6 male, 7 female) answered open-ended questions about spiritual or religious activities they engaged in, motivations for engaging in them, what constitutes sacredness, ...
In Japanese Horror Films and Their American Remakes, Valerie Wee evaluates five contemporary Japanese horror films and their American remakes: (This is a great article that addresses cultural differences between Japan and U.S. based upon the remakes of the films)
Adolescent health-endangering behaviors are often explained in relation to psychosocial factors. The present study examined how differing psychosocial factors affect smoking by comparing American and Japanese adolescents.
Representing work by some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume presents important topics in the religious environment of contemporary Japan by surveying exciting trends, religious change and innovation, and the interactivity of religion with market and global forces.
NOBUYUKI MATSUHISA was born in Saitama, Japan, and trained as a sushi chef in Tokyo. After running restaurants in Peru, Argentina and Alaska, Nobu opened his first restaurant, Matsuhisa, in Beverly Hills in 1987.
Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas by Akemi Kikumura-Yano
Imagine: hard-working Japanese-American community members forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to concentration camps simply because of their ancestry. This happened not all that long ago on a forested island near Seattle, Washington.
Among the ten Japanese Internment that imprisoned 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, Tule Lake Segregation Center was the site for over 18,000 "disloyals." Fifty years later, seven former internees discuss their past and how they came to terms with their identity, politically and socially, both during and after their camp experience. The viewer is challenged to reconsider what loyalty and citizenship really mean in a country deeply rooted in a history of racism
Honor and Sacrifice tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill's Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma.
Generations Japanese Americans have special names for each of its generations in the United States. The first generation born in Japan or Okinawa, is called Issei. The second generation is Nisei, third is Sansei, fourth is Yonsei and fifth is Gosei. The term Nikkei was coined by Japanese American sociologists and encompasses the entire population across generations.
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the U.S. into the Second World War. In so doing, it also plunged Japanese immigrants and their children into the greatest crisis they had ever known, and put their very survival as a community into grave doubt.
Relocated Residents or Prisoners? What words accurately describe the experience of persons of Japanese descent during World War II? Were Japanese Americans evacuated and relocated and housed in protective custody, or forcibly removed from their homes and stripped of their freedom as prisoners in American-style gulags?