TYPE 2 DIABETES AND BIOLOGIC VARIATION OF JAPANESE AMERICAN
Type 2 Diabetes and Biologic Variation of Japanese American
“Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees, what are these?” This was popular song sang among
American elementary children, couple decade ago, in the area with a few Asian immigrants.
Little children were singing this song with fingers pulling back their both eyes into slits and
circle around the Asian child. The Japanese immigrants have been presented in United States
for several generation, and experienced unequal social treatment as “minority” similar as
other Asian group. However, Japan, a country of chain islands that stretch about 2,800 km
long, located in Far East, near China and Korea, is wealthiest country in Asia, claiming their
economy as “the second largest market economy in the world in the fact sheet published by
Ministry of Foreign Affair of Japan (Japan fact sheet 2009).
According to Census 2000, Japanese is the sixth largest group in the Asian
population, numbered about 796, 700, with Japanese American alone and 1,148, 932 with
one or more other races and constituted 7.8% of Asian population.
demonstrated that Asians group had a younger median age than the total US population but
Japanese are the oldest of the Asian group, with a median age of 42.6, far surpassing all other
Asian group. Less than 12.1 % of the Japanese population was under 18 years old, 67.5%
between 18 and 64 and highest proportion at 20.4% over 64 years old among Asian group
(U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2000).
The state where they reside most is California and the city is Honolulu, Hawaii
followed by Los Angeles, California. The book New Worlds, New Lives introduced about
“Immigration Convention” in 1886 between Japanese government and Hawaii’s, which