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Embedded racism : Japan's visible minorities and racial discrimination

Author: Debito Arudō
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, [2015]
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"Despite domestic constitutional provisions and international treaty promises, Japan has no law against racial discrimination. Consequently, businesses around Japan display 'Japanese Only' signs, denying entry to all 'foreigners' on sight. Employers and landlords routinely refuse jobs and apartments to foreign applicants. Japanese police racially profile 'foreign-looking' bystanders for invasive questioning on the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Debito Arudō
ISBN: 9781498513906 1498513905 9781498513920 1498513921
OCLC Number: 921240377
Description: xxvi, 349 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why such a long introduction? --
The Context of Racism in Japan. Racial discrimination in Japan : contextualizing the issue --
How racism "works" in Japan --
"Japanese Only" : Examples of Racial Discrimination. "We refuse foreigners" : case studies of "Japanese only" exclusionary businesses --
The Construction of Japan's Embedded Racism. Legal constructions of "Japaneseness" --
How "Japaneseness" is enforced through laws --
A "Chinaman's chance" in Japanese court --
From foreign fetishization to fear in the Japanese media --
Challenges to Japan's Exclusionary Narratives. Maintaining the binary --
Discussions and Conclusions. Putting the concept of "embedded racism" to work --
"So what?" : why Japan's embedded racism matters --
Appendices: Sakanaka's "big Japan" vs. "small Japan" ; This research's debt to critical race theory.
Other Titles: Japan's visible minorities and racial discrimination
Responsibility: Debito Arudou.

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"Despite domestic constitutional provisions and international treaty promises, Japan has no law against racial discrimination. Consequently, businesses around Japan display 'Japanese Only' signs, denying entry to all 'foreigners' on sight. Employers and landlords routinely refuse jobs and apartments to foreign applicants. Japanese police racially profile 'foreign-looking' bystanders for invasive questioning on the street. Legislators, administrators, and pundits portray foreigners as a national security threat and call for their segregation and expulsion. Nevertheless, Japan's government and media claim there is no discrimination by race in Japan, therefore no laws are necessary. How does Japan resolve the cognitive dissonance of racial discrimination being unconstitutional yet not illegal? Embedded Racism carefully untangles Japanese society's complex narrative on race by analyzing two mutually-supportive levels of national identity maintenance. Starting with case studies of hundreds of individual 'Japanese Only' businesses, it carefully analyzes the construction of Japanese identity through legal structures, statute enforcement, public policy, and media messages. It reveals how the concept of a 'Japanese' has been racialized to the point where one must look 'Japanese' to be treated as one. The product of a quarter-century of research and fieldwork by a scholar living in Japan as a naturalized Japanese citizen, Embedded Racism offers an unprecedented perspective on Japan's deeply-entrenched, poorly-understood, and strenuously-unacknowledged discrimination as it affects people by physical appearance"--Provided by publisher.

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