您现在的位置: 首页» 国外动态

国外动态

DISCONNECTED FROM THE "DIASPORA": Japanese Americans and the Lack of Transnational Ethnic Networks

来源:本站 | 作者: 中山大学移民与族群研究中心  | 时间:2018-05-17

Author(s): Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda

Source:  Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 68, No. 1 (SPRING 2012), pp. 95-116

Published by: The University of Chicago Press

Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23264592

key words: Diasporas, Transnationalism, Ethnic minorities, Japanese diaspora, Nikkei, Japanese American

Recent scholarship often assumes that peoples of Japanese descent scattered throughout the Americas (the Nikkei,) are one of the world's diasporas. This paper argues that dispersed ethnic groups should not be considered diasporic unless they have maintained social connections with each other across national borders as members of a transnational ethnic community. By using the Japanese Americans as a case study, I analyze how they are no longer really part of a "Japanese diaspora " because they have generally lost their social connections to the Japanese homeland over the generations and do not have sustained transnational relations with other Nikkei communities in the Americas either. In contrast to newer diasporas consisting of first generation migrants, I suggest some older "diasporas" that have become assimilated and incorporated into their respective host countries are no longer really diasporic but have simply become ethnic minorities which operate in a national context.