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The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan

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Item Summary Okada, M.V. 2012-02-10T21:14:40Z 2012-02-10T21:14:40Z 2012-02-01
dc.identifier.citation Okada, M.V. (2012). The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 1(1).
dc.identifier.issn 2164-9170
dc.description.abstract After over a hundred years of forced assimilation and discriminatory policies, in 2008, the Japanese government finally recognized Ainu as an indigenous people of Japan. These policies eroded the identity and sense of worth of Ainu people, confiscated their homelands, and caused considerable suffering over several generations. The passage of such policies were unknown to the Japanese public who remained ignorant of Ainu cultural values and traditional ways of living, thereby devaluing and relegating them to an invisible status. This article describes the systematic introduction of policies, which endangered the survival of Ainu as a people and continuance of their culture. The effects of these oppressive policies are examined as well as the need for indigenous research, which advocates for social justice.
dc.format.extent 14 pages
dc.publisher Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
dc.subject Ainu, Japan, public policy, history, indigenous people
dc.subject.lcsh Indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Social work with indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
dc.title The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
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