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Embedded Racism: Japan's Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination (Hardback)
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Embedded Racism: Japan's Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination (Hardback)

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Hardback 378 Pages / Published: 06/11/2015
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Embedded Racism untangles Japan's complex narrative on nationality and race and how it threatens its very survival. Incorporating a quarter-century of research by a naturalized Japanese citizen, it argues that Japan's economic and demographic decline is irreversible until it can accept immigrants, regardless of physical appearance, as "new Japanese."

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498513906
Number of pages: 378
Weight: 694 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 32 mm


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This book, though, is more than a narrative of instances of discrimination and campaigns for redress. The author also seeks to explore the roots of the problem, which he locates in the legal apparatus of nationality, the workings of the court system, the lack of serious official mechanisms to combat discrimination, and stereotypes perpetuated by the mass media.... This book is an important addition to the literature on problems of citizenship and minorities in Japan, particularly because it highlights the distinctive problems of visible minorities, rather than focusing on the large `invisible minorities' (Zainichi Koreans and Chinese, etc.) who have been the subject of much existing research.... This is an important, courageous and challenging book, and it casts a sharp light on problems which are often ignored or veiled, but which have profound consequences for the present and future of Japanese society. -- Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian National University * Japanese Studies *
That is what his long and passionately argued book is all about [racial discrimination]. . . .Arudou's book describes . . . convoluted problems very well and some of the ludicrous situations they produce. * JPRI: Japan Policy Research Institute *
There are important academic contributions to the study of racism in Japan in this book, but it is as a must-read text on the crisis facing the shrinking Japanese population and its leaders that it really leaves its mark. Embedded Racism is highly recommended reading to anyone-whether they self-identify as Japanese or foreign or both-who is interested in Japan's future. * Social Science Japan Journal *
[Any] limitations are more than offset by Arudo's meticulously collected popular culture evidence, legal case studies, and wealth of experience living in Japanese society as a non-native citizen of Japan.... Embedded Racism's contribution to both Japanese Studies and debates on race and contemporary racialized human experiences remain valuable contributions in their own right. * Japan Studies Association of Canada *
[Embedded Racism] is a brave critique of Japanese society and its failure to look outward in its demographic and economic development. The book will, no doubt, add to a lively discussion already afoot in Japanese studies, critical race studies, and critical mixed race studies of racism in Japan.... The book is clearly written and seems to be aimed primarily at undergraduate students, as it makes an important contribution for those wishing to understand racism in Japan better, and it compiles interesting documentary legal data about the history of cases of discrimination in Japan. The book would easily also suit courses that address global conceptions of race and ethnicity and how these are changing in Japan at the both the micro and macro-levels because of globalization. * Sociology of Race and Ethnicity *
Arudou's book is a timely and important contribution to social and scholarly debates about racial discrimination in Japan. . . . The contribution of this book is not only in its richness of information, but also in Arudou's focus on a paradoxical blind spot in both the quotidian status quo understandings of and academic discourses on racialized social dynamics in Japan: the invisibility of visible minorities. . . . [The book] would be of interest to a wide audience, from the casual reader interested in learning about the racial dynamics in Japan, to researchers with area studies interests in Japan and/or substantive field interests in international migration, ethnic and race studies, citizenship and human rights, and advocacy politics at both the domestic and international levels. Arudou argues that Japan's passive stance to addressing racial discrimination is `the canary in the coal mine' regarding its openness to `outsiders' (xxiii), and by starting this conversation, he addresses `the elephant in the room' that needs to be reckoned with for Japan to navigate its way through its impending demographic challenges. * Pacific Affairs *
Japan Times readers familiar with columnist Debito Arudou's views on the politics, policies and perils of an exclusionist national identity can now access a fuller scholarly elaboration in 'Embedded Racism: Japan's Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination.' -- Jeff Kingston, Temple University, Japan Campus
Debito Arudou demonstrates that racism is pervasive in Japan and that many individuals and institutions deny this reality. He also shows that racism augurs ill for a society that will shrink for decades to come unless it changes how it treats visible minorities. People who care about the future of Japan need to engage with this pellucid and provocative account of one of the country's most urgent but neglected problems. -- David T. Johnson, University of Hawaii
In this important and insightful book, and based on a long personal experience, Debito Arudou offers a sophisticated critical analysis of the way visible minorities are treated in contemporary Japan. As immigration of work seekers to wealthy countries is on the rise, the issues treated here have wider relevance not only to the conduct and future of the Japanese society, but also to many other societies in the West and beyond. Highly recommended! -- Rotem Kowner, University of Haifa
Hats off to Arudou for breaking once and for all the Silence Barrier that has permitted Japan's profound racial discrimination to purr along undisturbed well into the 21st century. Exposing at long last the definitional acrobatics of Japanese and foreign Japan Studies experts-who have argued that since there is nothing we could call racist attitudes in Japan it follows that there can be no systemic racial discrimination either-Arudou lays out voluminous evidence to the contrary showing how Japan actually operates in its laws, public policy, media messages, and social ordering. -- Ivan P. Hall, author of Bamboozled: How America Loses the Intellectual Game with Japan and its Implications for Our Future in Asia

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