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Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Y. Okihiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847586

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847586.001.0001

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Shifting Grounds in Japanese American Studies

Shifting Grounds in Japanese American Studies

Reconsidering “Race” and “Class” in a Trans-Pacific Geopolitical-Historical Context

Chapter 1 Shifting Grounds in Japanese American Studies
Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies

Yasuko Takezawa

University of Hawai'i Press

By taking the examples of translations associated with “race” and “class” used in early Japanese American history, this chapter calls attention to the changes of the meaning and associated epistemological transformations through the translation of these terms from Japanese to English. It also provides the historical context in which Japanese American studies developed in Japan and discusses the strength and weakness of the field in Japan and in the United States with focus given to such issues as subject matter, production of knowledge, and socio-political context.

Keywords:   Japanese Americans studies, translation, race, class, history, language, epistemology, geopolitical context

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