Race, resistance and the Ainu of Japan


Race, resistance and the Ainu of Japan

Richard Siddle

(The Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/Routledge series)

Routledge, 2014

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [240]-258) and index

"First issued in paperback 2014"--T.p. verso



Once thought of as a 'vanishing people', the Ainu are now reasserting both their culture and their claims to be the 'indigenous' people of Japan. Race, Resistance and the Ainu of Japan is the first major study to trace the outlines of Ainu history. It explores the ways in which competing versions of Ainu identity have been constructed and articulated, shedding light on the way modern relations between the Ainu and the Japanese have been shaped.


  • Chapter 1 'Race', ethnicity and the Ainu
  • Chapter 2 Barbarians and demons
  • Chapter 3 Former natives
  • Chapter 4 The dying race
  • Chapter 5 With shining eyes
  • Chapter 6 Amu liberation and welfare colonialism
  • Chapter 7 Beginning to walk for ourselves

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