Japanese American Millennials

Rethinking Generation, Community, and Diversity

Edited by Michael Omi, Dana Y. Nakano, and Jeffrey T. Yamashita
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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

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Description

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 Ryuta Adachi, Christina B. Chin, Brett J. Esaki, Kyung Hee Ha, Chenxing Han, Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain, Lori Kido Lopez, Amy Sueyoshi, Takeyuki Tsuda, Wesley Iwao Ueunten, Aki Yamada, Jane H. Yamashiro, and the editors

Reviews

The editors and contributors elevate Japanese American studies by situating Japanese American millennial lives through an intersectional lens with depth and rich storytelling. This impressive anthology weaves in the lingering legacy of the concentration camps, while framing the local and global impact of the legacy of war in the U.S. The editors do not end here, but vividly capture the issues of ethnic identity, LGBTQ identity, and the role of religion in Japanese American lives. This very nuanced, complex book is a must read for those searching for narrative plentitude.”—Mary Yu Danico, Director, Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies, Director of Asian American Transnational Research Initiative, and Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Assembling an array of social scientists, including up and coming young scholars, this volume offers a powerful corrective to assimilationist assumptions by illuminating the importance of ethnic identity and community in the everyday lives of Japanese American millennials. Empirically rich and methodologically diverse, Japanese American Millennials will enable readers to appreciate the impact of race in shaping the practices and thinking of these Asian Americans in a so-called post-ethnic society. This is a trailblazing book about the neglected but important generations in post-1965 Japanese America.”—Eiichiro Azuma, Alan Charles Kors Term Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Between Two Empires: Race, History and Transnationalism in Japanese America

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction | MICHAEL OMI, DANA Y. NAKANO, and JEFFREY T. YAMASHITA

PART I SUSTAINING COMMUNITY
1. “We’ve Got Team Spirit!”: Ethnic Community Building and Japanese American Youth Basketball Leagues | CHRISTINA B. CHIN
2. Millennial Understandings of Nikkei Seishin in San Jose Japantown | LISA HIRAI TSUCHITANI
3. To Be Yonsei in Southern California: Persistent Community as Postsuburban Minority Culture of Mobility | DANA Y. NAKANO

PART II SPIRITUALITIES
4. Redefining “Camp” in Protestant Japanese America | DEAN RYUTA ADACHI
5. Religious Nones? Increasing Unaffiliated and Christian Religiosity among Japanese American Millennials | BRETT J. ESAKI
6. “I Am Trailblazing”: Young Adult Japanese American Shin Buddhists Negotiating Complex Identities | CHENXING HAN

PART III REDEFINING ETHNICITY
7. Of Transgression: Zainichi Korean Immigrants’ Search for Home(s) and Belonging | KYUNG HEE HA
8. Millennial Shin-Issei Identity Politics in Los Angeles | AKI YAMADA

PART IV INTERSECTING IDENTITIES
9. Mixed-Race Japanese American Millennials: Millennials or Japanese Americans? | REBECCA CHIYOKO KING-O’RIAIN
10. The New Second Generation: Biculturalism and Transnational Identities among Japanese American Shin-Nisei | TAKEYUKI TSUDA
11. Techie, Gender Queer, and Lesbian: Interview with Shin-Nisei Mioi Hanaoka | AMY SUEYOSHI

PART V CROSSING AND BRIDGING BOUNDARIES
12. Japanese American Millennials in Contemporary Japan | JANE H. YAMASHIRO
13. Questioning the “World”: Millennial Generation Okinawan American Identity Matters | WESLEY IWAO UEUNTEN
14. Uniting Hapas: The Global Communities of Mixed-Race Nikkei on YouTube | LORI KIDO LOPEZ

Contributors
Index

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.


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    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.