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Book Review: Japanese American Celebration and Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival 1934-1990
King O'Riain, Rebecca
Analyzing the Nisei Week Festival in Los Angeles, Lon Kurashige provides an important account of this community institution, which "reveals the false dichotomy between assimilation and ethnic retention". As the title implies, this book traces not just the celebrations but also the ever-present conflicts within Little Tokyo, thus contradicting any simplistic view of the assimilation of the community. Through a beautifully written narrative that integrates individual life stories with more formal documentary research, Kurashige argues that Nisei Week represented more than just a reflection of Japanese American relations with the larger dominant society. It is also a window into understanding how class and gender evolved across the festival's history.
Keyword(s): Sociology; Japanese American; Celebration; Conflict; Ethnic Identity
Publication Date:
2003
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): King O'Riain, Rebecca (2003) Book Review: Japanese American Celebration and Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival 1934-1990. UNSPECIFIED.
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/749/1/Japanese_American.pdf
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