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Critical and Cultural Studies | East Asian Languages and Societies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | International and Intercultural Communication | Latin American Languages and Societies


In today's global economy, people from diverse cultures strive to find a balance between cultivating their heritage language and mastering the dominant languages that create economic opportunities. This ethnographic study examines a specific case of this cultural, linguistic, and emotional struggle by analyzing language mixture, usage, and change among the descendents of Japanese immigrants (Nikkei) in Lima, Peru. Participant observation, analysis of written sources, and recordings of public speeches and conversations in small groups are used to examine the current linguistic situation among diverse groups within the community; individual interviews are then used to explore the linguistic experiences, attitudes, and hopes of community members. The principal goal of the project is to provide information to the Peruvian Nikkei community that can be helpful in the decisions that Peruvian Nikkei make regarding languages, as individuals, as families, and as a community.


Text is in Spanish; Appendix D is in Spanish and Japanese.



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