“Redefining Japaneseness” Guest Lecture with Dr. Jane Yamashiro
Redefining Japaneseness: Japanese Americans in the Ancestral Homeland
Special Guest Lecture and Book Signing with Author Dr. Jane H. Yamashiro
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Event Co-Sponsors: Japantown Chounaikai Group, Japanese American Citizens League San Francisco Chapter, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
RSVP: (415) 567-5505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN FRANCISCO — Dr. Jane H. Yamashiro, author of “Redefining Japaneseness: Japanese Americans in the Ancestral Homeland,” will give a special guest lecture and book signing on Tuesday, July 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), 1840 Sutter Street in San Francisco Japantown. The event is jointly sponsored by the Japantown Chounaikai group, San Francisco Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and the JCCCNC.
Growing up in the U.S., Japanese Americans learn to understand their Japanese heritage within U.S.-based narratives of racism, cultural exclusion, and multiculturalism. What happens when they move to Japan, where different discourses and assumptions shape what it means to be “Japanese”? What difficulties do Japanese American migrants encounter in their daily interactions as they attempt to make themselves understandable in Japan?
“Redefining Japaneseness” chronicles how Japanese Americans’ understandings of Japaneseness — including their own — transform while living in their ancestral homeland. Drawing from extensive fieldwork and interviews, Dr. Yamashiro reveals the diverse processes and shifting strategies that Japanese American migrants in the Tokyo area utilize as they negotiate and challenge conventional social boundaries and meanings related to race, ethnicity, culture, and nationality.
“Not only does Yamashiro give us engaging portraits of how Japanese Americans navigate the social and cultural terrain of contemporary Japan, but she also provides a fundamental rethinking of the analytic frameworks by which migrant identities have been contextualized and understood,” said Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies of UC Berkeley.
Dr. Yamashiro was born and raised in Berkeley, where she is currently based as an independent scholar. She obtained a BA in sociology and Japanese studies from UC San Diego and an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For more than a decade, she has been conducting research on Japanese American experiences living in Japan, and she herself has lived in Japan off and on for about nine years. Her comparative and transnational sociological work on race and ethnicity, culture, globalization, migration, diaspora, and identity sits at the intersection of Asian American and Asian Studies. While conducting research in Japan, Dr. Yamashiro has been funded by the East-West Center and the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo and Sophia University. Her academic research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies; AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community; Sociology Compass; Geoforum; CR: The New Centennial Review; and Migrations and Identities.
Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. To RSVP for this event, call the JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 or e-mail email@example.com