The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan Okada, M.V. en_US 2012-02-10T21:14:40Z 2012-02-10T21:14:40Z 2012-02-01 en_US
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. en_US
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Okada, M.V. (2012). The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 1(1). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2164-9170 en_US
dc.publisher Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject Ainu, Japan, public policy, history, indigenous people en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indigenous peoples--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social work with indigenous peoples--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title The Plight of Ainu, Indigenous People of Japan en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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