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Japanese New YorkMigrant Artists and Self-reinvention on the World Stage$
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Olga Kanzaki Sooudi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839413

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839413.001.0001

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Making Art, Being an Artist

Making Art, Being an Artist

The Seductions of Creative Expression in Migrant Life

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Japanese New York

Olga Kanzaki Sooudi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the appeal of being an artist for Japanese migrants in New York City, along with the relationship between urban life and creative production. It shows that artistic production is a key means of self-actualization by drawing on the ethnographies of art and fashion. It also considers migrant artists' vision of NYC as a site for the birth and development of organic, authentic life experiences and reveals that their understandings of the authentic have three dimensions: encounters with radical difference in urban space, Japan's relationship to the world and the role of connection, and, finally, feeling and sensation. The chapter concludes with a discussion of authenticity and creativity in the context of modernity.

Keywords:   authenticity, Japanese migrants, New York City, urban life, artistic production, self-actualization, art, fashion, migrant artists, creativity

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