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Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas: An Illustrated History of the Nikkei Hardcover – July 26, 2002

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This attractive book is the culmination of a number of years of great effort. (Bc Reviews)

This encyclopedia is an important contribution to the study of the Nikkei, the descendants of the Japanese, who settled in the various countries of the Americas. Nikkei in their respective country who wrote about their own history and experiences developed each of the chapters in this volume. The compilation of their histories into one volume allows for a reexamination of the meaning of community and the process of identity formation among those who consider themselves Nikkei. I commend the Japanese American National Museum and The Nippon Foundation for making this encyclopedia of the Nikkei in the Americas available to the general public through this important publication. This is the first work of its kind that provides an overview of the Nikkei communities in North, Central and South America. I hope that this volume is just the beginning of comparative studies of the Nikkei in the world. Further documentation and analyses will provide the coming Nikkei generations with the wherewithal to make informed, rational life choices for themselves in the future. (From the Foreword by Daniel K. Inouye)

About the Author

Akemi Kikumura-Yano is an anthropologist and director of the International Nikkei Research Project. She is Vice President for Programs and Director of Research at the Japanese American National Museum and is the author of several books, including: Through Harsh Winters: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Woman; and Promises Kept: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Man.

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