2009+syllabus+anth+202.pdf - Ethnic Diversity in Japan 8

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Ethnic Diversity in Japan  8  Anthropology 202 (SS and ER Distribution), Winter 2009 ©Professor Jennifer Robertson GSI: Ms. Gabriele Koch 204C West Hall, 763.4682  Description:   For at least a century and a half, Japan has been stereotyped by certain  Japanese and non-Japanese alike as a “homogeneous” society.  More recently, in 1986, then  Japanese P.M. Nakasone even went so far as to declare that “the Japanese” formed a “single,  unified race.”   His comment provoked angry rebuttals from dozens of Japanese ethnic and other  minority groups who were not part of the dominant ethnic group in Japan, and who have been  disfranchised in various ways for, in some cases, centuries.  Among these groups are the  “aboriginal” Ainu of Hokkaido; resident Koreans and Chinese;  burakumin  (or “untouchables”);  migrant workers of Japanese ancestry from South America; prison inmates; children of mixed  parentage; the victims of the atomic bombs and environmental pollution, who are treated as a  distinct “ethnic” group; sexual minorities; and the elderly.   We will look closely at both the history of Japanese expressions, ideologies, and shared  heredity and racial essence).  Our exploration takes us from the migrations of people from Asia and  the Pacific into the Japanese archipelago ten thousand years ago, to the debates about assimilation  and “racial purity” in the context of Japanese imperialism and colonialism in the 19th and 20th  centuries, to post-WW2 debates in the mass media and in legal forums alike about ethnic diversity in  Japan.   This course is designed to contribute to and complicate the discussion of diversity in the  United States and elsewhere by studying the conception and practice of diversity in Japan.  By  examining how “race” and ethnicity are defined and deployed outside of the U.S., you will begin to 
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