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Japan's minorities: the illusion of homogeneity

Japan's minorities: the illusion of homogeneity Asian Ethnicity Vol. 11, No. 3, October 2010, 371–373 BOOK REVIEW Japan’s minorities: the illusion of homogeneity, edited by Michael Weiner, London/ New York, Routledge, 2008, xxii þ 234 pp., £20.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-415- 77264-8 This book is a new edition of the edited volume published under the same title in 1997. Perhaps to the reader’s surprise, though, only part of the book is rewritten by the same authors (Chapters 1, 2 and 4, and Chapter 8 which is now co-authored with a new contributor), giving, needless to say, important updates on recent developments. Other chapters may discuss the same minority groups in Japan but are written by different authors with different emphases (Chapters 6, 9 and 10): chapter 6 on the Chinese residents, for example, focuses on newcomers and their transnational practices. Furthermore, there are chapters looking at other minorities in and heterogeneous aspects of Japanese society which were not given special attention to in the first edition (Chapters 3, 5 and 7). As a collection of chapters each generally dealing with one principal minority group in Japan, the book as a whole provides a good overview of Japan’s minorities. As its subtitle suggests, however, the book also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Ethnicity Taylor & Francis

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Taylor & Francis
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1469-2953
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1463-1369
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10.1080/14631369.2010.510880
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Asian Ethnicity Vol. 11, No. 3, October 2010, 371–373 BOOK REVIEW Japan’s minorities: the illusion of homogeneity, edited by Michael Weiner, London/ New York, Routledge, 2008, xxii þ 234 pp., £20.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-415- 77264-8 This book is a new edition of the edited volume published under the same title in 1997. Perhaps to the reader’s surprise, though, only part of the book is rewritten by the same authors (Chapters 1, 2 and 4, and Chapter 8 which is now co-authored with a new contributor), giving, needless to say, important updates on recent developments. Other chapters may discuss the same minority groups in Japan but are written by different authors with different emphases (Chapters 6, 9 and 10): chapter 6 on the Chinese residents, for example, focuses on newcomers and their transnational practices. Furthermore, there are chapters looking at other minorities in and heterogeneous aspects of Japanese society which were not given special attention to in the first edition (Chapters 3, 5 and 7). As a collection of chapters each generally dealing with one principal minority group in Japan, the book as a whole provides a good overview of Japan’s minorities. As its subtitle suggests, however, the book also

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