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Hard Times in the HometownA History of Community Survival in Modern Japan$
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Martin Dusinberre

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835248

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001

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The Transnational Hometown: Zenith and Decline

The Transnational Hometown: Zenith and Decline

(p.99) 7 The Transnational Hometown: Zenith and Decline
Hard Times in the Hometown

Martin Dusinberre

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter argues that the significance of Kaminoseki's transnational era was not merely institutional—the demographic effects of emigration spread across two or sometimes three generations. Furthermore, thanks to the “success” of their overseas compatriots and the pride engendered thereby, those villagers who stayed at home would also have been aware of the impact of the Japanese diaspora in the social and economic routines of their daily lives. The shrines and temples at which they gathered, the schools, the two-story houses around the town: these are just some of the transnational legacies of the Kaminoseki diaspora, and to study them is to understand an important and often ignored everyday aspect of Japan's modern transformations.

Keywords:   Kaminoseki, transnational era, Kaminoseki diaspora, emigration, Japanese diaspora, modern Japan

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