Americanization, acculturation, and ethnic identity : the Nisei generation in Hawaii /

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Main Author: Tamura, Eileen
Format: Book
Published:Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1994.
Series:Asian American experience
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Tamura's book is a thoughtful and thorough examination of nisei adjustment to life in Hawaii. Although Tamura focuses on acculturation of the nisei the book also provides an interesting history of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, including a solid review of assimilation theory. Japanese immigrants were encouraged to abandon their language in favor of English and even their religion for Christianity. Tamura points out that despite the prevalent racism, Japanese Americans refused to bow to the discrimination they faced. The book illustrates the irrationality of racism by showing how the Japanese were encouraged to become like white Americans even as white parents attempted to limit the participation of nisei in Hawaiian public schools. Yet racism in Hawaii was not as pervasive as it was on the West Coast. A valuable contribution to the study of Japanese Americans and interethnic relations. All levels. R. S. Guerra; University of Texas--Pan American

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