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Title
  • en Daburu Bind: Perceptions of the Speech of Mixed Race Japanese
Alternative
  • ja Daburu Bind: Perceptions of the Speech of Mixed Race Japanese
Creator

Narain, Aarohi

Rights
    • CC BY-NC-ND
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  • This paper will explore how the Japanese speech of partially or half Japanese people (hafu) is perceived by fully Japanese individuals. While scholarly work has addressed the ways in which the Japanese speech of foreigners is received, this paper will bring critical race studies into the fold and complicate the traditional dichotomous construction that positions Japanese against non Japanese. By locating hafu vis-a-vis the Japanese nation-state and normative constructions of Japanese identity (as monoethnic, monocultural, and monolingual), it will posit that hafu produce a complex subjectivity that unsettles the boundaries of the Japanese state. As a result, the speech of hafu is also subject to particular ideas about the Japanese racial order and cultural norms. Through an analysis of specific media moments, it will highlight how the speech of mixed race Japanese people is expected to be both foreign and familiar, at once erudite and yet somehow deficient. Hafu are commonly questioned about their Japanese speaking ability; they are expected to avoid using keigo and infuse English into their speech.
Date Created 2019-08-21 , Issued 2019-04
Languageeng
NIItypedepartmental bulletin paper
VersiontypeNA
Identifier URI http://id.nii.ac.jp/1130/00004542/
Journal
    • ISSN 2433-3883
    • ICU Working Papers in Linguistics(ICUWPL) = ICU Working Papers in Linguistics(ICUWPL)
    6, 25-36
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