Maria Elena Ota Mishima(deceased Spring, 2000)
Staff and Advisors
Research Proposal Abstract
Today, there are approximately 30,000 people of Japanese ancestry who live in México. Professor Ota will examine archives, Japanese association directories, and university records to determine the generational breakdown. She is particularly interested in studying the identity of the fifth generation Japanese Mexicans whose ancestors immigrated to México starting in 1897. She will distribute questionnaires and conduct interviews to explore: What is left of their Japan heritage after five generations? What are the links between México and Japan? What is the identity of Mexicans of Japanese origin? In-depth interviews will be conducted with sons who have inherited businesses from their fathers, in regions where Japanese Mexicans are concentrated, such as Chiapas, Veracrúz, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Baja California and México City.