This book confronts the question of who and what is a Nikkei, that is, a person of Japanese descent, by presenting 18 case studies from throughout the Americas-including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States.
About the Author
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is Professor of Ethnic Studies and a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Akemi Kikumura-Yano is Director of Research and International Relations at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. James A. Hirabayashi is Chief Program Advisor at the Japanese American National Museum.
"This extremely important book marks a definite'breakthrough' in making a comparative analysis of a single nationality group and its descendants in several new countries. No other book encompasses such a broad, yet very detailed, perspective, and all scholars of Japanese immigrants to the Americas will welcome this new direction in immigration history."—Brian Hayashi, Kyoto University
"New Worlds, New Lives does a great job of exploring the complex histories, and changing demographics, of the Japanese diaspora in only 384 pages...The volume is definately worth $24.95."—The Hawaii Herald
"Its real strength is its view into the contemporary communities of Nikkei in various host nations, and into Japan as host to its descendants wh have become gaijin."—American Ethnologist