2019 / Japanese ancestry ages 18 to 35 around world are asked to answer global survey: deadline Feb. 28

Japanese American National Museum and The Nippon Foundation collaborate on research about young Nikkei around the world

LOS ANGELES – The Japanese American National Museum is collaborating with The Nippon Foundation on a large-scale, global research project to learn how young people of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) experience and express their Japanese heritage.

This project, the first of its kind, aims to deepen the understanding of Nikkei communities in the Japanese diaspora, including their differences and similarities, and their needs and challenges now and in the future.

The project will target Nikkei ages 18 to 35, regardless of when their ancestors emigrated from Japan, their destination country, or where the individuals now reside.

The research will gather data from participants regarding demographics, the prevalence of Japanese cultural activities and influences in their lives, and their connectedness to local Nikkei communities and to Japan.

An online survey, available in four languages (English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish), to gather this information was launched this week: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNFNikkeiSurveyEN

The survey will be available until February 28, 2019.

Following the survey, focus groups will be convened in ten countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The team leading this research includes Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Senior Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and Dr. Lindsey Sasaki Kogasaka, Assistant Director of Study Abroad at Pomona College.

Rooks’ research focuses on ethnic and multiracial identity, ethnic community development, and cultural competency in community health and wellness.

Kogasaka specializes in cross-cultural exchange and training, international migration, and the Asian diaspora in Latin America.

The Nippon Foundation, which initiated this project and selected JANM as its partner, was established in 1962 as a nonprofit philanthropic organization, active in Japan and around the world.

Its range of activities encompasses education, social welfare, public health, and other fields—carried out in more than 100 countries to date. Together with numerous partner organizations in Japan and worldwide, it funds and assists community-led efforts aimed at realizing a more peaceful and prosperous global society.

The Japanese American National Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry as an integral part of the nation’s history.

Through its comprehensive collection of Japanese American objects, images, and documents as well as exhibitions, educational programs, documentaries, and publications, JANM shares the Japanese American story with local, national, and international audiences.

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