“Searching for Home Abroad is a valuable addition to the growing literature of the Japanese and Japanese descendents in Latin American, Asian immigrations to the Americas and Asian diasporas, transnationalism, and identity formation, and it makes an important contribution to the field of immigration and ethnic history.” — Meiko Nishida , Luso-Braziliam Review
"Searching for Home Abroad is valuable for its contributions to the study of ethnic identity and notions of home in the context of transnationalism, globalization, and diaspora, but also specifically to the understanding of Japanese Brazilian migration. Much of the strength of this edited volume lies in the various scholarly perspectives of its contributors." — Michell J. Moran-Taylor, Latin American Politics and Society
"[A] fascinating collection of essays on diverse aspects of the Japanese migration to Brazil in the early 20th century and the recent flows of Japanese Brazilians who relocated to Japan. . . . [A] well-grounded and engaging reading for scholars from various disciplines and migration-related practitioners alike." — Ana Margheritis , The Latin Americanist
"[A] very interesting, informative, analytical, provocative and readable book." — Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães , Journal of Latin American Studies
"[N]ot just essential reading for students and scholars of Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) issues; [this book] is also an instructive primer on the contingency of ethnic identity." — Robert Efird, Pacific Affairs
"[S]hed[s] new light on this specific minority group as well as raise[s] some tough questions about transnationalism and ethnic-identity formation in general."
— Brian Masaru Hayashi, The Journal of Asian Studies
"[T]he book is worth reading on at least two counts. First, the case of Japanese Brazilian migrant workers is of exceptional interest if only because it would seem literally to be exceptional: how many other immigrant communities have emigrated in such large numbers to their nominal homeland? Also, for scholars of Japan, it may be useful to understand the Japanese Brazilian community in Japan; it has established its own institutions and may well become a long-term feature of the Japanese cultural landscape."
— Stewart Lone, Asian Studies Review
"A major strength is the empirical grounding of much of the research in fieldwork conducted in Japan and Brazil, a dimension that always adds to social analysis." — Daniela de Carvalho, Journal of Japanese Studies
"I highly recommend Searching for Home Abroad for scholars and students of anthropology, history, and ethnic studies, as well as for all those interested in transnational migration and globalization." — Nobuko Adachi, History: A Review of Books
"Overall, the essays collected in this volume offer suggestive insights on the convoluted and unique century old Japanese-Brazilian transnational formation. For the most part, the different contributions offer highly accessible reading for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in Asian, Latin American and migration studies." — Gerardo Renique , Bulletin of Latin American Research
“Jeffrey Lesser’s achievement is that he and his colleagues have assembled the most comprehensive, multi-dimensional portrayal to date of the Japanese in Brazil as well as Brazilians of Japanese descent who have gone to work temporarily in Japan. Their research deftly illustrates how the multiple identities of immigrants and their descendants, as well as transnational labor migrants, can generate a plethora of responses as to where and what their real home actually is. As such, this book makes a seminal contribution to Asian, Latin American, and migration studies.” — Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, University of California, Riverside
"Searching for Home Abroad makes a major contribution to Brazilian studies and to our empirical and theoretical understanding of transnational migration, liminality, and the construction of transnational identities. Its contributors—from history, sociology, anthropology, and ethnomusicology—provide us with a rich, nuanced, and very much needed understanding of early-twentieth-century Japanese immigration in Brazil, as well as the more recent Japanese-Brazilian emigration to Japan." — Leo Spitzer, author of Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism