Our Land Was A Forest

Our Land Was A Forest

This book is a beautiful and moving personal account of the Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, whose land, economy, and culture have been absorbed and destroyed in recent centuries by advancing Japanese.

Author: Kayano Shigeru

Publisher: Westview Press

ISBN: 0813318807

Category: History

Page: 192

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This book is a beautiful and moving personal account of the Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, whose land, economy, and culture have been absorbed and destroyed in recent centuries by advancing Japanese. Based on the author's own experiences and on stories passed down from generation to generation, the book chronicles the disappearing world—and courageous rebirth—of this little-understood people.Kayano describes with disarming simplicity and frankness the personal conflicts he faced as a result of the tensions between a traditional and a modern society and his lifelong efforts to fortify a living Ainu culture. A master storyteller, he paints a vivid picture of the Ainus' ecologically sensitive lifestyle, which revolved around bear hunting, fishing, farming, and woodcutting.Unlike the few existing ethnographies of the Ainu, this account is the first written by an insider intimately tied to his own culture yet familiar with the ways of outsiders. Speaking with a rare directness to the Ainu and universal human experience, this book will interest all readers concerned with the fate of indigenous peoples.
Categories: History

Our Land Was A Forest

Our Land Was A Forest

TRANSITIONS: ASIA AND ASIAN AMERICA. Series. Editor,. Mark. Selden. Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir, Kayano Shigeru The Political Economy of China's Financial Reforms: Finance in Late Development, Paul Bowles and Gordon White ...

Author: Mark Selden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429967085

Category: Political Science

Page: 172

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This book is a beautiful and moving personal account of the Ainu, the native inhabitants of Hokkaidō, Japan's northern island, whose land, economy, and culture have been absorbed and destroyed in recent centuries by advancing Japanese. Based on the author's own experiences and on stories passed down from generation to generation, the book chronicles the disappearing world—and courageous rebirth—of this little-understood people. Kayano describes with disarming simplicity and frankness the personal conflicts he faced as a result of the tensions between a traditional and a modern society and his lifelong efforts to fortify a living Ainu culture. A master storyteller, he paints a vivid picture of the ecologically sensitive Ainu lifestyle, which revolved around bear hunting, fishing, farming, and woodcutting. Unlike the few existing ethnographies of the Ainu, this account is the first written by an insider intimately tied to his own culture yet familiar with the ways of outsiders. Speaking with a rare directness to the Ainu and universal human experience, this book will interest all readers concerned with the fate of indigenous peoples.
Categories: Political Science

To the Ends of Japan

To the Ends of Japan

3: Medieval Japan, ed. Kozo Yamamura, pp. 396–446. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Kayano Shigeru. Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir. Trans. Kyoko Selden and Lili Welden. Transitions: Asia and Asian America.

Author: Bruce L. Batten

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824865207

Category: History

Page: 353

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What is Japan? Who are its people? These questions are among those addressed in Bruce Batten's ambitious study of Japan's historical development through the nineteenth century. Traditionally, Japan has been portrayed as a homogenous society formed over millennia in virtual isolation. Social historians and others have begun to question this view, emphasizing diversity and interaction, both within the Japanese archipelago and between Japan and other parts of Eurasia. Until now, however, no book has attempted to resolve these conflicting views in a comprehensive, systematic way. To the Ends of Japan tackles the "big questions" on Japan by focusing on its borders, broadly defined to include historical frontiers and boundaries within the islands themselves as well as the obvious coastlines and oceans. Batten provides compelling arguments for viewing borders not as geographic "givens," but as social constructs whose location and significance can, and do, change over time. By giving separate treatment to the historical development of political, cultural, and ethnic borders in the archipelago, he highlights the complex, multifaceted nature of Japanese society, without losing sight of the more fundamental differences that have separated Japan from its nearest neighbors in the archipelago and on the Eurasian continent.
Categories: History

Staging Empire

Staging Empire

Our Land Was a Forest : An Ainu Memoir . Transitions -- Asia and the Pacific . Boulder , Colo .: Westview Press , 1994 ; particularly the chapter where he discusses his father's abduction to work in the fisheries , and his father's ...

Author: Danika Fawn Medak-Saltzman

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ISBN: UCAL:C3489659

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Page: 530

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The Politics Of Democratization

The Politics Of Democratization

Transitions: Asia and Asian America Series Editor, Mark Selden The Politics of Democratization: Generalizing East Asian Experiences, edited by Edward Friedman Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir, Kayano Shigeru The Political Economy ...

Author: Edward Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000304688

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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This collection explores democratic transitions in East Asia, arguing against the standard wisdom that European or Christian value systems and socioeconomic forces are essential for democracy to succeed. Instead the contributors convincingly illustrate that political institutions, which can be built anywhere by skilled coalitions, have the most profound and lasting influence on a stable democratic system. Indeed the East Asian experience reveals truths about Western democratization that are obscured by popular Western mythologies. This partnership of U.S. and Asian scholars has given us the first systematic effort to bring East Asia into the democratization debate in a way that compels one to rethink "the politics of democratization" everywhere. The book therefore is a crucial contribution for all those interested in the broader issues of transition.
Categories: Political Science

Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido

Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido

Hoyt, E.P. (1986) Japan's War: the great Pacific conflict, New York: Da Capo Press. Ienaga, S. (1978) The Pacific ... K. Selden and L. Selden) Our Land Was a Forest: an Ainu memoir, Boulder: Westview Press. Keegan, J. (1989) The Second ...

Author: Philip A. Seaton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317558712

Category: History

Page: 236

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Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, barely features in most histories of the Second World War. However, the combination of distinctive war experiences, a vibrant set of local historian groups, and powerful media organizations disseminating local war history, has generated an identifiable set of local collective memories. Hokkaidoʼs status as an early colonial acquisition also makes the island an important vantage point from which to reassess the course and nature of the Japanese Empire. This book argues that Hokkaido’s experiences of war and its militarized post-war constitutes a local case study with a much greater national and international significance on both theoretical and empirical grounds than first impressions might suggest. Using Japanese-language sources presented for the first time in English and a number of detailed local history case studies, it offers a fascinating and hitherto little-known perspective on the Second World War. It also combines a comprehensive theory of how war memories operate at the local level within a broad historical context that explains Hokkaidoʼs pivotal role within Japanese imperial history. Demonstrating that understanding local history and memories is essential for a nuanced understanding of national history and memories, the book will be highly valuable to students and scholars of Japanese history, Second World War history, and Asian history.
Categories: History

Modern Japan Student Economy Edition

Modern Japan  Student Economy Edition

Howes, John F. Nitobe Inazo: Japan's Bridge Across the Pacific. Boulder, Colo. ... Howland, Douglas R. Translating the West: Language and Political Reason in Nineteenth-Century Japan. ... Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir.

Author: Mikiso Hane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429961984

Category: Political Science

Page: 610

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This book presents the essential facts of modern Japanese history. It covers a variety of important developments through the 1990s, giving special consideration to how traditional Japanese modes of thought and behavior have affected the recent developments.
Categories: Political Science

Hokkaido

Hokkaido

A History of Ethnic Transition and Development on Japan's Northern Island Ann B. Irish. Karan, Pradyumna P. Japan in the 21st ... Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir. ... First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific.

Author: Ann B. Irish

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454655

Category: History

Page: 378

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Japanese people have lived on the country's other three main islands—Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku—for many centuries, but ethnic Japanese, or Wajin, began coming to Hokkaido in large numbers only in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This book tells the story of Japan’s aboriginal people, the Ainu, followed by that of foreign explorers and ethnic Japanese pioneers. The book pays close attention to the Japanese-Russian conflicts over the island, including Cold War confrontations and more recent clashes over fishing rights and the Hokkaido-administered islands seized by the U.S.S.R. in 1945.
Categories: History

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania

Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir, trans. Kyoko Selden and Lili Selden (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1994). Keate, George, Karen L. Nero, and Nicholas Thomas. An Account of the Pelew Islands (Leicester, U.K.: Leicester University ...

Author: Barbara A. West

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438119137

Category: History

Page: 1025

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Presents an alphabetical listing of information on the peoples of Asia and Oceania including origins, prehistory, history, culture, languages, and relationships to other cultures.
Categories: History

Books in Print

Books in Print

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105022609999

Category: American literature

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Categories: American literature