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Spend time in New York City and, soon enough, you will encounter some of the Japanese nationals who live and work there—young English students, office workers, painters, and hairstylists. New York City is home to one of the largest overseas Japanese populations in the world. Among them are artists and designers who produce cutting-edge work in fields such as design, fashion, music, and art. Part of the so-called “creative class” and a growing segment of the neoliberal economy, they are usually middle-class and college-educated. They move to New York for anywhere from a few years to several decades in the hope of realizing dreams and aspirations unavailable to them in Japan. Yet the creative careers they desire are competitive, and many end up working illegally in precarious, low paying jobs. Though they often migrate without fixed plans for return, nearly all eventually do, and their migrant trajectories are punctuated by visits home. Japanese New York contributes to international migration studies, to the study of contemporary Japanese culture and society, and to the study of Japanese youth, while shedding light on what it means to be a creative migrant worker in the global city today.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. City of Stories: Finding Japanese New York
  2. pp. 26-53
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  1. 2. Pushing the Reset Button: Self-Reinvention and the Triumphalist Japanese Migrant Narrative
  2. pp. 54-79
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  1. 3. Making Art, Being an Artist: The Seductions of Creative Expression in Migrant Life
  2. pp. 80-107
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  1. 4. Crafting a Position: Becoming Japanese through the Transnational Encounter
  2. pp. 108-136
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  1. 5. How to Live a Transnational life: Between Heaviness and Lightness
  2. pp. 137-171
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  1. 6. The Pathological Migrant: Failures, Escape, and Weakness of Character
  2. pp. 172-201
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 202-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-255
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824847814
Related ISBN
9780824839413
MARC Record
OCLC
905600178
Pages
289
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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