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Embodying Belonging: Racializing Okinawan Diaspora in Bolivia and Japan

Taku Suzuki

Abstract

This book is a study of an Okinawan diasporic community in South America and Japan. Under extraordinary conditions throughout the twentieth century, Okinawans left their homeland and created various diasporic communities around the world. Colonia Okinawa, a farming settlement in the tropical plains of eastern Bolivia, is one such community that was established in the 1950s. Although they have flourished as farm owners in Bolivia, thanks to generous support from the Japanese government since Okinawa's reversion to Japan in 1972, hundreds of Bolivian-born ethnic Okinawans have left the Colonia i ... More

Keywords: South America, Japan, diaspora, Okinawans, diasporic communities, Bolivia, immigration, racialization, transmigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833442
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833442.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Taku Suzuki, author
Denison University