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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(24); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062412.

An Analysis of Japanese-Americans’ Acculturation Strategies in And the Soul Shall Dance


Han Yiran

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Han Yiran

School of English, Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China


And the Soul Shall Dance, written by Wakako Yamauchi, depicts the psychological states of two generations of Japanese-Americans when they face with the conflicts between Japanese culture and American culture. They adopt different strategies to adapt to the new environment. These strategies are summarized by John Berry as “acculturation strategies”, which are usually used in the cross-culture communication. This paper analyzes the acculturation strategies applied by Emiko, Oka, Hana and Masako, and separately explores the effects of their strategies. The description of their destinies reveals the author’s sympathy for the first generation of Japanese immigrants and her reflection on the predicament of Japanese culture.


Acculturation strategies, And the Soul Shall Dance, Japanese-Americans, John Berry

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Han Yiran. An Analysis of Japanese-Americans’ Acculturation Strategies in And the Soul Shall Dance. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 24: 69-73. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062412.


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