Identity of Modern Japanese-Canadians Research Paper by Botchan

Identity of Modern Japanese-Canadians
Studies the identity of modern Japanese-Canadians using both fictional and real characters as case studies.
# 45235 | 5,347 words | 36 sources | MLA | 2003 | GB

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This study takes an unusual, exploratory approach to studying issues of identity in the Japanese community in Canada. It looks at two types of modern day Japanese in Canada. First, a young student studying at MIT is used as a real life case study. Second, various fictional depictions of Japanese-Canadians are used to delve deeper into issues of Japanese identity.

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"Thus, using Bourdieu's analysis, it is theoretically possible to apply it to the situation of Japanese-Canadians to try to delve deeper into their ethnic self-identity and individual make-up. However, there are various flaws when trying to apply Bourdieu's work. First, Bourdieu interviewed his participants in some depth for his study in order to get a detailed profile of each. This variety of data about Japanese-Canadians is not currently available for this study and would need to be obtained first-hand. Second, and more importantly, it is not possible to apply the same analysis intended for a Western, European nation such as France to a complex, Oriental nation such as Japan that prides itself on its "unique" ethnic identity and 90% middle-class (which, if true, renders analysis using economic capital as a variable useless anyhow)."

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