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Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa . . . and Their Friends Paperback – June 1, 2004

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"With "Being Japanese America, Gil Asakawa has put together a terrifically personal, humorous, and honest start-up guide. It's the kind of book I wish I'd had; then maybe I wouldn't have given mom and dad such a hard time about such an important part of my identity." -- Tamlyn Tomita, actress ("The Joy Luck Club, "Robot Stories)

About the Author

Gil Asakawa is a Sansei (3rd-generation Japanese American) writer and editor who was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States as a child. His roots in both cultures have led him to write extensively about pop culture and politics from a JA perspective. He has written the weekly "Nikkei View" column online and in syndication since 1998. He is currently director of the website of the Denver Post.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188065685X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880656853
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fresh perspective on Japanese American culture with voices from multiple generations as well as mixed ethnicities (more realistic of America today!). The author moves towards why JAs are both Japanese and American and neither all at the same time. An excellent resource for anyone interested in Asian American cultures as well as a superb guide for chronicling one's own family history.
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Written by a third-generation Japanese American, being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa... & Their Friends is a straightforward introduction to the history of Japanese Americans, including the legacy of the American government's forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and basic Japanese culture, customs, and etiquette. An especial note reflects on the how the high rate of mixed-race marriage has and continues to affect the Japanese-American community. Being Japanese American a superb guide to avoiding breaches of tact around Japanese friends, family, or visitors, regardless of one's own ethnic heritage or background, and is also chock-full of helpful ways to embrace, preserve, and treasure one's cultural identity.
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A wealth of knowledge and an amazing resource for anyone who wants to learn more about J-A culture and history. It's funny, hip, incredibly informative, and full of "I didn't know that!" details that will delight and surprise. If you've lost touch with your roots and want to rediscover them, this book is the perfect place to start.
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For this fan of all things Japan, this was a joy to read. It was more intended for Japanese-Americans I think ...so I felt like I was sneaking a look inside the medicine cabinet while a house-sitting for a friend. :)
Very funny and very sincerely written.
Not having grown up in a Japanese family, I imagine some things were lost on me but I really, really enjoyed this book.
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Even though this book's main audience is Japanese Americans it still has pertinent lessons for any Asian American. He uses some Japanese terminology that sometimes makes it difficult to understand, but he also includes a glossary so if you care enough you can look up the words. The book very accurately describes every ethnic community's struggle to preserve their identity while also assimilating into the American identity.
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I quite liked Mr. Asakawa's book. It is funny, charming, and informative in a non-stereotypical way. If you are part JA, it is essential. If you are interested in multiracial identity and Japanese American identity I would recommend it for your library.
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