ⓘ Gosei (Japanese diaspora)


ⓘ Gosei (Japanese diaspora)

Gosei is a Japanese diasporic term used in countries, particularly in North America and in Latin America, to specify the great-great-grandchildren of Japanese immigrants. The children of Issei are Nisei. Sansei are the third generation, and their offspring are Yonsei. The children of at least one Yonsei parent are called Gosei.

The character and uniqueness of the Gosei is recognized in its social history. The Gosei are the subject of on-going academic research in the United States and Japan.


1. History

The earliest organized group of Japanese emigrants settled in Mexico in 1897. Today, the four largest populations of Japanese and descendants of Japanese immigrants live in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Peru. Gosei is a term used in these geographic areas outside Japan. Gosei characterizes the child of at least one Yonsei fourth generation parent. Differences among these national Gosei developed because of the varying historical processes through which their Japanese emigrant forebears became Nikkei.


1.1. History Gosei in Canada

Japanese-Canadian Gosei are entirely acculturated, as is typical for any ethnic group.


1.2. History Gosei in Peru

Japanese-Peruvian Nipo-peruano Gosei make up less than 1.0% of the Nikkei population in 2000.


1.3. History Gosei in the US

The lives of Japanese-Americans of earlier generations contrasts with the Gosei because they have English-speaking grandparents. According to a 2011 columnist in The Rafu Shimpo of Los Angeles, "Younger Japanese Americans are more culturally American than Japanese" and "other than some vestigial cultural affiliations, a Yonsei or Gosei is simply another American."


2. Cultural profile


The term Nikkei 日系 was coined by a multinational group of sociologists and encompasses all of the worlds Japanese immigrants across generations. In North America, the Gosei are among the heirs of the "activist generation" known as the Sansei.

  • fifth is called Gosei 五世 The Issei, Nisei and Sansei generations reflect distinctly different attitudes to authority, gender, non - Japanese involvement

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