Submission Date

7-22-2016

Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

Department

East Asian Studies

Faculty Mentor

Matthew Mizenko

Comments

Presented during the 18th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 22, 2016 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

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.

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