I would like to announce the publication of my book “A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in Japan” (ISBN 978-1-4985-9900-9 Hardback; 978-1-4985-9901-6 eBook; Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield).
In this book, I critically investigate the construction of Japaneseness in a variety of communication during the first two decades of the twenty-first century while situating it in its longer historical transformation since the late nineteenth century. Closely reading a political document, television drama series, “hate books,” and interviews, I examine governmental and popular ideas of Japaneseness in light of local, global, historical, and contemporary contexts as well as in relation to diverse Others: the West, Asia, the English language, Japanese Americans, Japanese Brazilians, white America/Americans, China/Chinese, and Korea/Koreans.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Transnational Critique for a Multiculturalist Japan
Chapter 1: Japaneseness, Western and Japanese Concepts of Race, and Modalities of Racism
Chapter 2: Neoliberal Nationalism and Japaneseness
Chapter 3: Remembering Japanese Americans and Japanese Brazilians for Japaneseness
Chapter 4: Using China and Korea for Japaneseness: “Hate Books,” History, and the Grammar of Japanese Racialized Discourse
Chapter 5: Entering the West and Encountering Asia: Trans-East Asian Friendships Made in the West
This book is available at 30% discount for anyone who purchases it through Rowman & Littlefield until December 31, 2020. The discount code is LEX30AUTH20.
Yuko Kawai, Ph.D.
College of Intercultural Communication