Takeyuki Tsuda (Gaku) has been researching the ethnic minority status of Japanese Americans across generations, and the extent to which they remain connected to their ethnic heritage. How do Japanese-Americans’ differ across countries, let alone generations? Having been in America as long as (if not longer than) other immigrants, why are Asian-Americans still constantly defending their ‘Americanness’? We discuss the ways in which generations of Japanese-Americans respond to these pressures.

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