Transpacific Connections: Literary and Cultural Production by and about Latin American Nikkeijin

Transpacific Connections: Literary and Cultural Production by and about Latin American Nikkeijin

Edited by Maja Zawierzeniec

Anthem Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture

Transpacific Connections: Literary and Cultural Production by and about Latin American Nikkeijin is a cross-cultural work combining Latin American and Japanese studies. It contains original research on social and cultural relations between Japan and Latin America, ranging from Japanese inspirations in one of the most renowned Mexican poets, Brazilian dekasegi (temporary workers in Japan) described in a variety of testimonials, Japanese community in Brazil and its literary production, and a Mexican telenovela, inspired by the Japanese culture to European inspirations in a Nikkei Peruvian writer, Augusto Higa Oshiro.  

Hardback, 110 Pages

ISBN:9781839984044

June 2022

£80.00, $125.00

  • About This Book
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  • Author Information
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  • Table of Contents
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About This Book

Transpacific Connections: Literary and Cultural Production by and about Latin American Nikkeijin is a cross-cultural work combining Latin American and Japanese studies. It contains original research on social and cultural relations between Japan and Latin America, ranging from Japanese inspirations in one of the Mexican most renowned poets, Brazilian dekasegi (temporary workers in Japan) described in a variety of testimonials, Japanese community in Brazil and its literary production and a Mexican telenovela, inspired by the Japanese culture to European inspirations in a Nikkei Peruvian writer, Higa Oshiro.

This book is an intellectual, artistic and social journey through Japan, Latin America and Europe, brought by both experienced and promising researchers who have conducted studies, projects and research all over the globe and have worked in multicultural and multilinguistic environments.

Reviews

“This important volume offers a deeper understanding of the literary and cultural production by and about Nikkeijin. The chapters not only explore novels, short stories, poems and art but also a telenovela and are written by a group of intergenerational scholars. An essential book to those who want to understand the historical, literary, cultural, and social relations between Latin America and Japan in a way that is striking, unique, and academically robust.” — Araceli Tinajero, The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, USA.

“The collection of essays compiled in this book addresses the unique perspective of Nikkei communities without succumbing to orientalist notions of Japaneseness’, offering fresh insight into the diversity of Nikkei cultural representations, often exoticized in Western academic circles. The multidisciplinary nature of the book makes it an important reference for scholars and researchers in a variety of academic fields.” — Randy Muth, Kio University, Nara, Japan.

“These essays are themselves ukiyo-e, or ‘pictures of a floating world’: together they constitute a signal contribution to the emerging field of ‘Trans-Pacific Studies’. Presented by some of the field’s outstanding researchers, these perceptive analyses — foregrounding complex relations between Japan on the one hand and Mexico, Peru and Brazil on the other — offer virtual case studies in the manner in which transnational flows and intercultural identities have materialized in today’s global modernity.” — Eugenio Matibag, Iowa State University, lowa, USA.

 

"Transpacific Connections: Literary and Cultural Production by and about Latin American, Nikkeijin makes an important and timely contribution to the emerging field of Transpacific Studies. The collection offers insightful comparative analysis, a critically astute introductory essay, and original, wide-ranging, and erudite contributions. Written with meticulous research and deep expertise on cultural connections between Latin America and Asia, it represents a significant contribution to the field because of its sustained focus on the Japanese - Latin American cultural production through not only aesthetic form but also social phenomena such as immigration. It is a necessary book that allows readers to see in detail how the complex cultural identity of the Latin American Nikkeijin is constructed. This rigorous and sophisticated volume will be an invaluable resource for scholars in Latin American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Transpacific Studies." — Gorica Majstorovic, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish, Stockton University, Galloway, USA.

Author Information

Maja Zawierzeniec, Ph.D., is a Polish Mexicanist, translator, TEDxWarsawWomen speaker and TEDxMarszalkowska organizer, and a trilingual poet, who has collaborated with a number of renowned Polish and foreign universities and other institutions as a lecturer and in a variety of cultural, social and artistic projects. She has published La mujerenel mundolatinoamericano. Literatura, historia, sociedad – elcaso de México (2015); Las voces sordas. El capital creativo del narco México contemporáneo (1985-2015) (two editions: 2016 and 2018), y El glosarioesencial del lenguaje del narcoenel México contemporáneo (2018) as well as four poetry books and several research articles (Mexican culture and literature, narcoculture and narcoliterature, relations between Mexico and East Asia and linguistics).

Series

Anthem Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
Chapter 1. The “Japanese Community” in Brazil and its Literary Production: The Functioning of “Death” in
Matsui Tarô’s Literary Fiction
Nora Juurmaa
Chapter 2. Contested Modernities: Representations of the Brazilian Dekasegi and the Nipponization of Brazil
in Nikkei Cultural Production Ignacio López-Calvo
Chapter 3. When Gustave Flaubert Meets Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: “Corazón Sencillo” by Augusto Higa
Oshiro. The Short Story of a Peruvian Nikkei Writer
Barbara Mauthes
Chapter 4. Japanese Prints in Tablada’s Writings: Cultural and Media Transposition in ‘El poema de Okusai’ Luyue Wang
Chapter 5. The Telenovela Oyuki’s Sin (El Pecado De Oyuki): Las Realidades Del Otro or Mexico through A
Japanized Lens Maja Zawierzeniec
Index

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