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Trans-Pacific Japanese American StudiesConversations on Race and Racializations$
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Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Y. Okihiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847586

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847586.001.0001

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Notes from Shinagawa, July 28–29, 2012

Notes from Shinagawa, July 28–29, 2012

(p.369) Notes from Shinagawa, July 28–29, 2012
Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies

Gary Y. Okihiro

University of Hawai'i Press

Listening to my Japanese colleagues and reading their analyses and comparing them with what I understand to be Japanese American studies in the United States suggests to me several implications.

First, Japan-based scholars seem attentive to the notion of men and women as historical agents, an internal as opposed to external perspective. Whether as migrants, men or women, linguistic communities, commercial actors, Japanese scholars can understand the contexts of racism and sexism, but they appear more keenly attentive to the internal and individual voices and workings of Japanese America. Perhaps this arises from frames; scholars in Japan see Japanese America as extensions of self and Japan, while those in the United States are more focused, at present, on the (wider) contexts of Japanese America, perhaps beginning with the anti-Japanese movement to anchor that experience within U.S. history and society....

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