Friday, December 16, 2016

New book review:'Multicultural Japan: Palaeolithic to Postmodern (Contemporary Japanese Society)

 Donald Denoon (Editor), 
Mark Hudson  (Editor), Gavan McCormack  (Editor), 
Tessa Morris-Suzuki
This book challenges the conventional view of Japanese society as being monocultural and homogenous. Unique for its historical breadth and interdisciplinary orientation, Multicultural Japan extends from the prehistoric phase to the present. It challenges the notion that Japan's monoculture is being challenged only because of internationalism, arguing that cultural diversity has always existed in Japan. It is a provocative discussion of identity politics around the question of 'Japaneseness'.This paperback edition has a new epilogue.

More About the Author

Tessa Morris-Suzuki was born in England and lived and worked in Japan before emigrating to Australia in 1981. She is professor of Japanese history in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University, where her research focuses on Japan's frontiers and minority communities and on questions of historical memory in East Asia. 

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