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Beyond the Buraku: The Negotiation of Burakumin Identity in Contemporary Japan

Division of Research Programs

Buildings in Tokyo, Japan

The burakumin present a paradox about Japanese identity:  even though they are Japan’s largest minority population with almost 3 million members, they remain almost invisible from Japanese society. Scholar Christopher Bondy explores this hidden minority in Voice, Silence, and Self: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan.