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The Taste of Home: Alcohol, Identity, and Health in Hawaii's Japanese Diaspora.

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Title:The Taste of Home: Alcohol, Identity, and Health in Hawaii's Japanese Diaspora.
Authors:Chapman, Christopher R.
Contributors:Anthropology (department)
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This thesis is an ethnographic account of social identity and health negotiation through alcohol use among Japanese nationals in a Japanese-style pub in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Currently, over 18,000 Japanese nationals live on Oahu. Compared to the larger population of Japanese-Americans, approximately 300,000, these Japanese nationals constitute a small, invisible diaspora limited by cultural and economic barriers. Japanese-style pubs, in Honolulu, provide a place where identity is mediated through mutual alcohol consumption in close social groups, most notably through interaction via gift exchanges and commodity purchases. However, the effect and course of intoxication is embodied – it is learned through discourse and practice through time and space. The form of alcohol rituals is distinct as it is a reconfiguration of an embodied practice cultivated in Japan, embedded within conflicting structures governing alcohol abuse. Alcohol consumption is a vulnerable, gendered, and contradictory form of health and diasporic identity commodified in a sociocultural microcosm.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
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