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To be or not to be ‘White' in Japan: Japaneseness and racial whiteness through the lens of mixed Japanese people
Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH, United States.
Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM). Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0137-5528
2023 (English)In: The Routledge International Handbook of New Critical Race and Whiteness Studies / [ed] Andreassen, Rikke; Lundström, Catrin; Keskinen, Suvi; TateShirley Anne, Routledge, 2023, p. 376-390Chapter in book (Other academic)
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The chapter analyses what race and Whiteness mean in the context of Japan, a non-White country occupying the same socioeconomic status and privilege as the racially white West. In this chapter, they explore the two parallel mechanisms of race-based privileges in Japan. One is the idea of nihonjin (Japaneseness), an unmarked racialising category embedded with privilege and invisible dominant culture equivalent to Whiteness in the West. The other is Whiteness as a white racial category from the Western dominant perspective, a concept that privileges the white-Western phenotypes and cultures associated with admiration and positive images in Japan. The chapter explores these two parallel yet not mutually exclusive constructions of race, through the experiences and identities of hāfu (ハーフ) i.e. individuals of multiethnic and multiracial background living in Japan.

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Routledge, 2023. p. 376-390
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Routledge International Handbooks, ISSN 2767-4886
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Sociology International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61782Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85163994739ISBN: 9781003120612 (electronic)ISBN: 9780367637699 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-61782DiVA, id: diva2:1785827
Available from: 2023-08-04 Created: 2023-08-04 Last updated: 2023-12-11Bibliographically approved

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