18 Facts About Japanese Americans


Japanese Americans were among the three largest Asian American ethnic communities during the 20th century; but, according to the 2000 census, they have declined in number to constitute the sixth largest Asian American group at around 1, 469, 637, including those of partial ancestry.

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Significant Japanese Americans immigration did not occur again until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 ended 40 years of bans against immigration from Japan and other countries.

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In general, later generations of Japanese Americans speak English as their first language, though some do learn Japanese later as a second language.

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In Hawaii however, where Nikkei are about one-fifth of the whole population, Japanese Americans is a major language, spoken and studied by many of the state's residents across ethnicities.

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Japanese Americans have the largest showing of any ethnic group in nationwide Advanced Placement testing each year.

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Large majority of Japanese Americans obtain post-secondary degrees and are often confronted with the "model minority" stereotype, a characterization that first gained media attention during the 1960s.

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Japanese Americans school opened in Hawaii in 1893 and other Japanese Americans schools for temporary settlers in North America followed.

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Across the country, Japanese Americans gather on fair grounds, churches and large civic parking lots and commemorate the memory of their ancestors and their families through folk dances and food.

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Japanese Americans have shown strong support for Democratic candidates in recent elections.

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One study, called the Japanese American Community Diabetes Study that started in 1994 and went through 2003, involved the pro-bands taking part to test whether the increased risk of diabetes among Japanese Americans is due to the effects of Japanese Americans having a more westernized lifestyle due to the many differences between the United States of America and Japan.

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When Japanese Americans returned from internment, many settled in neighborhoods where they set up their own community centers in order to feel accepted.

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Jay Shimotake, the president of the Mid America Japanese Americans Club, an organization located in Arlington Heights, said "Arlington Heights is a very convenient location, and Japanese Americans people in the business environment know it's a nice location surrounding O'Hare airport.

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Many Japanese Americans companies have their US headquarters in nearby Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.

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Japanese Americans was the first American of Asian descent to be elected governor of a state of the United States.

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In 1979, biochemist Harvey Itano became the first Japanese Americans American elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences.

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Japanese Americans first made an impact in Olympic sports in the late 1940s and in the 1950s.

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In figure skating, Kristi Yamaguchi, a fourth-generation Japanese Americans American, won three national championship titles, two world titles, and the 1992 Olympic gold medal in singles figure skating.

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Japanese Americans took a two-year hiatus between these titles to serve in the United States Army in the American occupation of Japan.

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