“Clamoring Blood”: The Materiality of Belonging in Modern Ainu Identity

  title={“Clamoring Blood”: The Materiality of Belonging in Modern Ainu Identity},
  author={Ann-elise Lewallen},
  journal={Critical Asian Studies},
  pages={50 - 76}
ABSTRACT The tension between silence and vocalization, embrace and rejection, of Ainu ancestry has been a key factor in negotiating Ainu subjectivity since Ainu territories were colonized in 1869. As early as 1799, expressions of Ainu ethnicity were alternately cloaked and exaggerated as Japan vacillated between assimilation and segregation policies in eastern Hokkaido Ainu communities. Officially recognized as Japan's indigenous peoples in 2008, Ainu subjectivity has become increasingly… 

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