Japanese American Millennials

Rethinking Generation, Community, and Diversity

Edited by Michael Omi, Dana Y. Nakano, and Jeffrey T. Yamashita
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PB: $39.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1825-8
Publication: Oct 19

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Publication: Oct 19

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316 pages
6 x 9
5 tables, 6 figs.

A groundbreaking study of ethnic identity and community in the everyday lives of Japanese American millennials


Whereas most scholarship on Japanese Americans looks at historical case studies or the 1.5 generation assimilating, this pioneering anthology, Japanese American Millennials, captures the experiences, perspectives, and aspirations of Asian Americans born between 1980 and 2000. The editors and contributors present multiple perspectives on who Japanese Americans are, how they think about notions of community and culture, and how they engage and negotiate multiple social identities.

The essays by scholars both in the United States and Japan draw upon the Japanese American millennial experience to examine how they find self-expression in Youth Basketball Leagues or Christian youth camps as well as how they grapple with being mixed-race, bicultural, or queer. Featuring compelling interviews and observations, Japanese American Millennials dislodges the dominant generational framework to address absences in the current literature and suggests how we might alternatively study Japanese Americans as a whole.

Contributors: Dean Adachi, Christina Chin, Brett Esaki, Kyung Hee Ha, Chenxing Han, Rebecca King-O’Riain, Lori Kido Lopez, Amy Sueyoshi, Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Takeyuki “Gaku” Tsuda, Wesley Ueunten, Aki Yamada, Jane Yamashiro, and the editors

About the Author(s)

Michael Omi is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-author (with Howard Winant) of Racial Formation in the United States (3rd edition).

Dana Y. Nakano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies at California State University, Stanislaus.

Jeffrey T. Yamashita is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


In the Series

  • Asian American History and Culture edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee

    Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.