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Steven M. Ropp

Steven Masami Ropp holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), especially interested in the intersections between race, ethnicity, and nationalism. He is the author of numerous academic publications and is currently a professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. He has conducted research on Chinese immigration in Belize, on institutional changes in the Peruvian-Japanese community in the 1990s, and currently studies indigenous political mobilization in the Central Andes of Peru.

Last updated January 2008

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Globalization and transnational Nikkei family

Jan. 9, 2008 • Steven M. Ropp

Introduction In 1999, the year of the centenary of Japanese immigration to Peru, a Peruvian Nikkei leader publicly declared that this was a “golden era” for the Nikkei community. This small but important minority, long recognized for its success in terms of education and business, within a decade achieved a fairly prominent role in politics. In the economic sphere, a few Nikkei family companies managed to establish a national presence, to which was added growth in investment, trade and cultural …

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