WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE JAPANESE AMERICAN?

  

The Japanese American (JA) community has been struggling with these questions as the face of Japanese Americans changes. With a growing population of multiracial individuals, what does that mean for Japanese American culture and traditions? What are the historical events that inform the current climate of Japanese Americans today? How is history connected to the today's demographics? 

 

These are just some of the many questions, Remixing: Japanese American Identities attempts to answer throughout this site. We do not exist without our past, so we must understand how it informs and lingers over us today.

WHO GETS TO CLAIM IT? 

 
 

SHIGATA GAI NAI. 

It cannot be helped. 

"Ganbatte" and "shigata gai nai" are two mottos that are continuously seen throughout Japanese American history of prejudice and perseverance. 

 

This timeline is a broad stroke into the many historical events that have attributed to the climate of Japanese Americans today. Though it is far from complete, it is an attempt at a holistic timeline that encaptures life before and after WWII and the rise of Japanese popular culture across the U.S. 

GANBATTE. 

Do your best.  

JA HISTORY

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

2 in 5 people who identify as Japanese American are
mixed race. 

Japanese Americans have the highest intermarriage rates out of all of the Asian American ethnic groups. With more interracial marriages comes more mixed race babies.

 

These illustrative infographics show the current demographics of Japanese Americans across the United States. It visually displays the fractions provided by the 2010 U.S. Census through traditional Japanese cultural symbols. 

 

 

 

 

YONSEI. 

Fourth generation JA.  
 

“Whenever I really try to embrace being Japanese American, I know that I still look outwardly white, so I can’t 100% be in the in group. ” 

 

—  Deidre Foley

 
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