Topics: Japan, Burakumin, Discrimination Pages: 8 (2548 words) Published: March 14, 2013
Sharika Etheart
ANTH 3550
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Japanese Cultural Nationalism
Altering Immigrant Perception
Change by Force
Status minorities in Japan are those who are not educated, do not come from educated families, or have unfavorable occupations. The value and worth of a status minority in Japanese culture is rated amongst their familial/ancestral connections to rates of production and which then determines individual godliness and worth amongst a society. Ethnic minorities in Japan are Burakuin, Ainu, Okinawans, Chinese and Koreans. immigrant groups such as the Immigrants and the biologically acquired physical characteristic that mark them as immigrants are counterintuitive the cultural nationalism of Japan. Being that cultural nationalism becomes imprinted and reflected within a mainstream general populous, it is the general populous who will implement and disperse pressure, also known as social pressure, into compromising their ethnic identity. Changes in government policy, and access to education, and small-scale participating in commerce is what are affecting and transforming ethnic and status minorities today.

Dominant Ideological Models, Goals of Expansion, and History Cultural nationalism is a ideological and socially constructed tool used to change/exchange an individual’s entire understanding, value scale, and perception/interpretation of their original ethnic identity. It is then replaced, for the socially desired idealistic vision of the most socially desired social group, within the geographic confines of a nation. Through entities such as structural frameworks, ideologies, and institutions these ideas are then burned into the consciousness and sub-consciousness of an group outside of the ideal-type and is implemented and carried out through pervasive propaganda, discriminative policy, social pressure, mores or taboos, Typically the ethnic group selected by societies who is the designated framework to be modeled and designed after, for current as well as future generations, (in both physical characteristics and personality characteristics) is the ethnic group with the strongest access, and participation in politics, economics, land ownership, commerce, proprietorship, international trade, and access to desired goods or services. For example, In the culmination of the last half a dozen centuries or so, is has been the European countries who have be the most visibly successful at implementing each of these while simultaneously conquer and nationalize new lands owned by others or not, through expansion conquests through the development of mercantile trade, and being able to colonize trade destinations though time successfully through utilizing violence, folklore, and religion to extract the material cultural and beneficial physical objects whichever indigenous group’s land European merchants originally set to trade on. Historical Roots of Japanese Caste-System

War plays a large role in how Japanese citizens are stereotyped. Political history in Japan is rooted amongst a group of ethnicities who share similar physical traits. However the split amongst groups is in their political beliefs, differing social beliefs on the ideal utopian society, and belief about their tradition. Social groups who are stereotyped and therefore discriminated agienst are the Burakuin, Ainu, Okinawans, Chinese and Koreans. The stigma that was attached to these people who were counterintuitive to the political goals and power strives of the elite class, was originated in the Middle Ages and institutionalized by the 17th century. God, Religion, and Work

Japan does in fact have its own caste system just like some Arab countries. Anthropologists argue that religion of the origin of the Japanese’s caste system. The caste system may have developed as early as the eighth century AD. The Japanese population was divided into two groups according to Shinto concepts of purity. Shintoism was basically a primitive...
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