Brokered Homeland Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan

ISBN-10: 0801488087
ISBN-13: 9780801488085
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Transnational Identifications at the Conference for Overseas Japanese
On the Line at Yusumi Motors
Accidents, Apologies, and Compensation
Money and Community at the Brazilian Culture Center
Internationalization and the Hamamatsu Kite Festival
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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