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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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Thoughts on Positionality

Thoughts on Positionality

(p.372) Thoughts on Positionality
Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies

Noriko K. Ishii

University of Hawai'i Press

The question of positionality is a crucial one in academic pursuits. As a Japan-based historian of U.S. social and women’s history with a PhD from a U.S. university, I was struck by Professor Gary Okihiro’s question on our subject-positions and our stakes in Japanese American studies. His query reminded me of a life-changing incident during my first year of graduate school. Although this experience first turned me away from the field of Japanese American studies, it was an important learning experience and a critical turning point in my academic career. In short, it made me think about the meaning of my positionality as a Japanese person in relation to my academic research in U.S. history and American studies....

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