Japan-related Documents and Artifacts in Hawaiʻi: Historical and Social Survey Interface

Institute
NINJAL
Project Leader
ASAHI Yoshiyuki (Associate Professor, NINJAL)
Project Period
April 2022 -

Summary

Since the end of the nineteenth century, among the many Japan-related documents and artifacts from overseas, Japanese migrants in Hawaiʻi have collected such a large number of documents, audio, and audiovisual materials that many of them are not well controlled or managed by local institutions. Moreover, Japanese materials tend to be marginalized by local staff who lack proficiency in Japanese.

For this reason, NINJAL conducts collaborative studies to shed insights into linguistic, social, and life histories. At the same time, the current project aims to create catalogs of materials via surveys of collectors of these materials on some of the islands of Hawaiʻi (Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai), to understand the status quo of these collections, and discover the background information of the materials from the collectors.

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