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East Asian Studies
This project analyzes the issues experienced by Japan’s largest minority group, the hisabetsu burakumin. Using a variety of burakumin and non-burakumin sources, I explore how the group’s identity is constructed, why they are discriminated against, and how the group has mobilized to counter societal impositions. I also explore how the issues of this group can provide insight into how other so-called “untouchables” are constructed and oppressed. Focusing on group membership and metanarratives, I outline various complexities about what it means to be burakumin and the way they are represented by society.
Lopez-Duran, Rosendo, "Homogeneity and the Other: Discrimination, Untouchability, and Identity" (2016). East Asian Studies Summer Fellows. Paper 3.