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Beyond Ainu StudiesChanging Academic and Public Perspectives$
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Mark J. Hudson, Ann-Elise Lewallen, and Mark K. Watson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836979

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836979.001.0001

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As a Child of Ainu

As a Child of Ainu

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(p.92) 6 As a Child of Ainu
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Beyond Ainu Studies
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Sunazawa Kayo

ann-elise lewallen

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836979.003.0006

This chapter discusses the legacy of Sunazawa Kura, a highly respected Ainu elder in an Ainu community, as well as the first Ainu woman to document her own life in autobiographical form. Her work The Story of My Lifetime (Ku sukup oruspe, Sunazawa 1983) was serialized in the Hokkaido shimbun newspaper. As she describes in this account, Ainu struggles are linked with Indigenous colleagues in Asia and the Pacific. Through her commitment to empowering Ainu youth, Sunazawa continues to grapple with how she can maintain her strong sense of connection to the Ainu community across Japan while living as a “transnational Ainu” in Malaysia.

Keywords:   Sunazawa Kura, Ainu woman, Ainu youth, Kayo, transnational Ainu, Malaysia

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