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To increase and share the knowledge of Nikkei cultures and societies in order to foster greater linkages and cross-cultural understanding between the United States, Japan, and other nations with a Nikkei population. Nikkei (nik'kei') noun, adj.
Persons of Japanese descent, and descendants, who have immigrated abroad and created unique communities and lifestyles within the context of the societies in which they live. Nikkei include those who have returned to Japan where they constitute separate identities from the Japanese population.

Project Description
An overview of the International Nikkei Research Project: scope, goals, timeframe, and funding sources.

Participating Scholars
Profiles of participating scholars and abstracts of their research proposals.
International Nikkei Resource Guide
Demographic information and chronologies on countries with significant Nikkei populations, a chronological overview of emigration from Japan, and directories of resources about Nikkei.

Institutional Participants
Introduction of 17 institutional participants from 10 countries.
International Nikkei Symposium
Brief report regarding the event held in June 1999 at Los Angeles, California.

Project Staff and Advisors
Profiles of International Nikkei Research Project staff and advisors and their duties.

Forthcoming Publications

Major research findings of the INRP will be frthcoming in two publications. Final preparations for both manuscripts are currently underway. Publication dates and availability will be posted as soon as further information is determined.

New World/New Lives: People of Japanese Descent in the Americas is an anthology with 21 original chapters, written by the INRP research participants. This exciting and innovative collection of works will explore the themes of Nikkei community formations, the evolution of Nikkei identities, and the impact of transnational and global ties on contemporary Nikkei populations.

The Encyclopedia of People of Japanese Descent in the Americas (working title) is a pioneering reference book on Nikkei populations in the Americas. Materials in this volume have been written collaboratively with scholars and institutions situated in Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the USA. Materials will include: historical overviews; bibliographic essays with recommended reading lists; demographic data, maps, and historical photographs.

Contact Information

For questions or comments, please contact the International Nikkei Research Project.
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(213)625-0414, fax: (213)625-1770

International Nikkei Research Project
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