Positive book review of “Embedded Racism” in “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity” journal (American Sociological Association)


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Book Review: “Embedded Racism: Japan’s Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination“, By Debito Arudou (Lexington Books, 2015)
Reviewed by Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain
Citation: King-O’Riain, R. C. Embedded Racism: Japan’s Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 0(0), 2332649217723003.
First Published August 11, 2017


[…] It is a brave critique of Japanese society and its failure to look outward in its demographic and economic development. The book will, no doubt, add to a lively discussion already afoot in Japanese studies, critical race studies, and critical mixed race studies of racism in Japan.

[…] The strongest part of the book, in my view, is chapter 5, which illustrates how “Japaneseness” is enforced through legal and extralegal means. The examples of visa regimes and even exclusion from sports and other contests through educational institutions show how everyday racism leaks into larger organizational practices, often without challenge.

[…] The book is clearly written and seems to be aimed primarily at undergraduate students, as it makes an important contribution for those wishing to understand racism in Japan better, and it compiles interesting documentary legal data about the history of cases of discrimination in Japan. The book would easily suit courses that address global conceptions of race and ethnicity and how these are changing in Japan at both the micro and macro levels because of globalization. ENDS

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1 comment on “Positive book review of “Embedded Racism” in “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity” journal (American Sociological Association)

  • Congrats Debito. I haven’t read your book yet. But I lived in Japan for two years, and felt all the issues you discuss here.

    I’m glad that you put the effort into writing your book, and I feel happy whenever it gets “taken seriously” by academics, and even more so when those reviews are positive.


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