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ERIC Number: EJ866824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
The Role of Japanese as a Heritage Language in Constructing Ethnic Identity among Hapa Japanese Canadian Children
Noro, Hiroko
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v30 n1 p1-18 Feb 2009
Today, Japanese Canadians are marrying outside of their ethnic community at an unprecedented rate, resulting in the creation of a newly identifiable group of "Japanese Canadians" borne from these interracial unions. Members of this emergent group are increasingly being referred to both by social scientists and self-referentially as "Hapa". This term, originally a Hawaiian term, is now a common and empowering tool of self-identification for people of mixed ethnic heritage. Recent sociological research argues that, while the notion of a shared "Hapa" identity exists, it is less rooted in individual members' physical appearance or cultural identification and more rooted in their experiences, parental upbringing, and the locality/environment in which they grew up. (Contains 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada