2017 2017年度 研究助成プログラム Research Grant Program 2017  /  (A)共同研究助成  
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Community Project for Research, Preservation and Transmission of the History of Japanese Immigration in Northeastern Mexico
平井 伸治
Shinji Hirai
Northeastern Unit, Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 The main objective of this project is to research the history of Japanese Immigration in Northern Mexico in order to preserve it and transmit it to future generations. The project will count with the active participation of the descendants of the Japanese who came to Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century. Who were our issei? Why did they come to Mexico? Why do we not speak Japanese or know much about Japanese relatives and Japanese culture? These are some of the questions that have occurred to, not only the young yonsei and gosei, but also the senior nisei and the middle-aged sansei, when they think about their personal identities. This project proposes a research strategy based on the collaboration between academics and Nikkei to recover isseis' life histories, their family histories and the history of the Nikkei community in Northeastern Mexico. As a research method and as methodology of preservation and transmission of cultural heritage it could be applied to other Nikkei communities in Mexico. The research activities will take place in three phases. In the first one, academic participants will design and teach to Japanese descendants a course on the historical contexts of Japanese Immigration, and a series of research and preservation tools. Then, as a second phase each Nikkei family will conduct research on their family history and with the support from the academic participants they will turn their family information into data and archival information that can be preserved and transmitted. Finally, based on the research results, the project team will create a virtual museum of the history of Japanese immigration and the Nikkei community.

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