ERIC Number: ED047054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Biculturalism: Psychological Costs and Profits.
Kiefer, Christie W.; And Others
This essay on the psychological costs and profits of biculturalism attempts to clear away some of the confusion surrounding the concept of "ethnic identity" as it is applied to Americans of Japanese ancestry; and to suggest ways in which it might be used effectively--both in psychocultural research and in public education. In the course of a comparative study of aging and inter-generational relations among Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, and Anglo-Americans in San Francisco, the authors developed the concepts discussed in this paper. The traditional culture (ancestral traditions in the country of origin) and the subculture (Japanese-American community culture) of the Japanese Americans are discussed. In addition, ethnic consciousness in relation to identity and self-image is explored. Particularly, differing attitudes toward the Japanese-American relocation during the war and other minority groups are examined. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (Author/JW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Inst., San Francisco, CA.
Note: Paper presented at a symposium on "Overseas Japanese," Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Diego, Calif., November 1970