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Below are listings of books recommended for those involved in justice work, research, or people who just want to broaden their knowledge. These are biographies, autobiographies, novels, fiction, science fiction, and children's stories.  Many of the books listed are aligned with Social Centric goals, some are close, and others are not.  In order to authentically serve a better world, we must be willing to listen to and investigate every perspective.  Reading literature and investigating work of those who could be perceived as diametrically opposed to your "thinking," with an intention to understand the root of their core beliefs, is beneficial.   Learning is everywhere, even in individuals or ideas that differ from ones own.  Our hope is that these readings will support your endeavors.  Plato said, “…as for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don’t know what justice is, I’ll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not…” Happy reading!

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”Blackness/Otherness, Indigenous Nations, Model Minority Myths, & People of Color”

  • “Americanos:  Latino Life in the United States”  by Monterrey Manuel & Edward James Olmos

  • “Black Looks”  by bell hooks

  • “Chicano”  by Arturo Rosales

  • “Farewell My Nation”  by Phillip Weeks

  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word” by Randal Kennedy

  • "False Black Power" by Jason Riley

  • “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome:  America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”  by Joy DeGruy

  • “Colonizing Hawaii” by Sally Engle Merry

  • “The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie

  • “The Myth of the Model Minority:  Asian Americans Facing Racism”  by Rosalind S. Chou & Joe R. Feagin

  • “Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites?:  The Asian Ethnic Experiences Today”  by Mia Tuan

  • “How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?:  Being Young and Arab in America”  by Moustafa Bayoumi

  • “Islamophobia:  Making Muslims the Enemy”  by Peter Gottschalk & Gabriel Greenberg

  • “Go Home or Die Here:  Violence, Xenophobia, and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa”  by Tswana Kupe & Eric Worby

  • “Beyond Smoke and Mirrors:  Mexican Immigration in Era of Economic Integration”  by Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand, & Nolan J. Malone

  • “Chinese Mexicans:  Transpacific Migration and the Search for Homeland, 1910-1960″  by Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho

  • “Black Indians:  A Hidden Heritage”  by William Loren Katz

  • “Precolonial Black Africa”  by Cheikh Anta Diop

  • “Rabbit Proof Fence”  by Doris Pilkington

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"CLA$$, Classism, Colonization, Feudalism, & Poverty/Greed”

  • “Savage Inequalities”  by Jonathan Kozol

  • “1491″ & “1493”  by Michael Mann

  • “Wretched of the Earth”  by Frantz Fanon

  • “Hungry Planet”  by Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio

  • “Material World”  by Peter Menzel

  • “Empire”  by Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri

  • “Divided Planet:  The Ecology of Rich and Poor”  by Tom Athanasiou

  • “The Geography of Bliss”  by Eric Weiner

  • “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa”  by Walter Rodney

  • “Confessions of Economic Hit Man”  by John Perkins

  • “The Price of Privilege”  by Madeline Levine

  • “The Hunger Games” “Catching Fire” & “Mockingjay”  by Suzanne Collins

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”Diversity / Inclusion, & Intersectionality”

  • “The Intersectional Approach:  Transforming the Academy through Race, Class, and Gender”

  • “On Intersectionality:  The Essential Writings of Kimberle Crenshaw”  by Kimberle Crenshaw

  • "Other Peoples Children" by Lisa Delpit

”Race, Racial Prejudice, Racism, & Racial Justice”

  • “Courageous Conversations about Race”  Glenn E. Singleton

  • “Big Book of Racism”  by Egotrip

  • “Colormute”  by Mica Pollack

  • “Race Matters”  by Cornel West

  • “The End of Racism:  Principles for a Multiracial Society”  by Dinesh D’Souza

  • “Race & Economics:  How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination”  by Walter Williams

  • “The First R:  How Children Learn About Race and Racism”  by Joe R. Feagin & Debra Van Ausdale

  • “Medical Apartheid:  The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Blacks from Colonial Times to the Present”  by Harriet A. Washington

  • "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

  • “The Bluest Eye”  by Toni Morrison

  • “Our Kind of People:  Inside America’s Black Upper Class”  by Lawrence Graham

  • “A Different Mirror”  by Ronald Takaki

  • “Rain of Gold”  by Victor E. Villasenor

”Community, Decolonization, Environment, & Sustainability”

  • “The Four Agreements”  by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • “The Vedas” “The Vedagas” “The Upanishads” “The Puranas” “The Itihasa”

  • “The Tanach”

  • “The Tripitaka”

  • “The Zend Avesta”

  • “The Bible”

  • “The Quran”

  • “The Kitab’i’Aqdas”

  • The Ruhi Sequence of Courses and materials from the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program

  • “In Defense of Food” & “The Omnivores Dilemma”  by Michael Pollan

  • "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran

  • “Animal Vegetable Miracle”  by Barbara Kingsolver

  • "11" by Paul Hanley

  • “The Lorax”  by Dr. Suess

  • “The Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder”  by Richard Louv

  • “We Have Not Been Moved:  Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America”  by Elizabeth Betita-Martinez, Matt Meyer, & Mandy Carter

  • “The God Delusion”  by Richard Dawkins

  • “The Forces of Our Time:  The Dynamics of Light and Darkness”  by Hooper C. Dunbar

  • “Simply Living:  The Spirit of Indigenous People”  by Shirley Jones

  • “Love:  A Warm and Wonderful Book About the Largest Experience in Life”  by Leo Buscaglia

  • “Ishmael”  by Daniel Quinn

  • “Celestine Prophecy”  by James Redfield

  • “All the Colors of the Earth”  by Sheila Hamanaka

  • "Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power:  Community Organizing in Radical Times" by Amy Sonnie & James Tracy

Bullying, Education/Pedagogy, & Learning

"Bullying, Education/Pedagogy, & Learning”

  • “Teaching Community”  by bell hooks

  • “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”  by Paolo Friere

  • “Pedagogy of Freedom”  by Paolo Friere

  • “The Four Fold Way:  Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary”  by Angeles Arrien

  • “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci:  Seven Steps to Genius Everyday”  by Michael Gelb

  • “Beyond Holidays and Heroes”  by Enid Lee, Deborah MenKart, & Margo Okazawa-Rey

  • “Lies My Teacher Told Me”  by James Loewen

  • "Dumbing Us Down" by John Taylor Gatto

  • "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn

  • “Queen Bees and Wannabes”  by Rosalind

  • “Odd Girl Out:  The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls”  by Rachel Simmons

  • “Bullying at School:  What We Know and What We Can Do (Understanding Children’s Worlds)”  by Dan Olweus

  • “Black Students, Middle Class Teachers”  by Jawanza Kunjufu

  • “Portraits”  by Steve McCurry

  • "Adolph Hitler: Biography" by John Tolland

”Gender/Sex, Gender Identity, & Homo/Transphobia”

  • “Homophobia:  A Weapon of Sexism”  by Suzanne Pharr

  • “Homophobia A History”  by Byrne R. S. Fone

  • “Acting Out:  Combating Homophobia Through Teacher Activism”  by T. Clark, Lauren M. Kenney, & Jill M. Smith

  • “Full Frontal Feminism” & “He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut and 49 other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know”  by Jessica Valenti

  • “The Transgender Child:  A Handbook for Families and Professionals”  by Rachel Pepper & Stephanie Brill

  • “Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not”  by Joanne Herman

  • “Transgender History (Seal Studies)”  by Susan Stryker

  • “Dude You’re a Fag:  Masculinity and Sexuality in High School”  by C. J. Pascoe

  • “Hear Me Out:  True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia”

  • “Men and Feminism:  Seal Studies”  by Shira Tarrant

  • “Getting Off:  Pornography and the End of Masculinity”  by Robert Jensen

  • “Bad Boys:  Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity”  by Ann Arnett 

  • "White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940" by Margaret Jacobs

  • "White Women's Rights" by Louise Michele Newman
  • "Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality:  A New Clinical Approach" by Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D.
  • "Coming Out Straight:  Understanding Same Sex Attraction" by Richard Cohen M.A. 

”Misogyny, Black Misandry, Patriarchy or Sexism"

  • “The Macho Paradox”  by Jackson Katz

  • “Transforming a Rape Culture”  by Emilie Buchwald

  • “The War Against Boys:  How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men”  by Christina Hoff Sommers

  • “The Rise of Enlightened Sexism:  How Pop Culture Took Us form Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild”  by Susan J. Douglas

  • “The Pig Farmer’s Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice:  Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to Present”  by Mary Frances Berry

  • “Confronting Sexism and Violence Against Women:  A Challenge for Social Work”  by Karen D. Stout

  • “Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys”

  • "The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys" by Eddie Moore Jr, Ali Michael, & Marguerite W. Penick-Parks 

  • "Wanderlust" & "Men Explain Things to Me" by Rebecca Solnit

  • "Unspeakable Things" by Laurie Penny

  • "Missoula:  Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" by John Krakauer

  • "Difficult Women" & "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay

  • "Yes Means Yes:  Visions of Female Sexual Power and World Without Rape" by Jacklyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti

  • "Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver

”Whiteness, White God Complexes, White Supremacy & White Privilege” 

  • “White Like Me” & “Colorblind:  The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity”  by Tim Wise

  • “White Privilege”  by Paula S. Rothenberg

  • “White Guilt”  by Shelby Steele

  • "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

  • “White Reign:  Deploying Whiteness in America”  by Prof., Joe L. Kincheloe, Shirley R. Steinberg, Nelson M. Rodriguez, & Ronald E. Chennault

  • “How the Irish Became White”  by Noel Ignatiev

  • “How Jews Became White Folks and What that Says About Race in America”  by Karen Brodkin

  • “Are Italians White?  How Race is Made in America”  by J. Guglielmo

  • “Wages of Whiteness:  Race and the Making of the American Working Class”  by David R. Roediger

  • “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness”  by George Lipsitz

  • “Sundown Towns”  by James Loewen

  • “When Affirmative Action Was White”  by Ira Katznelson

  • “Becoming White”  by Thandenka

  • “Up Against Whiteness”  by Stacey J. Lee

  • "The History of White People" by Nell Irvin Painter

  • "Mein Kampf" by Adolph Hitler

  • "Waking Up White" by Debby Irving

  • "The Price of Privilege" by Madeline Levine

  • "A Framework for Understanding Poverty" by Ruby Payne

Below are documentaries listed that are aligned with Social Centric goals, some are close, and others are not.  In order to authentically serve a better world, we must be willing to watch and learn how facts can be used as both tools and weapons.  Not only are you encouraged to watch and learn, we implore you to identify the core beliefs and intentions behind the "magician's tricks."  This enhances capacities of discernment and deeper intuition for auditing any and all media.

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Documentaries about:


”Blackness/Otherness, Indigenous Folk, Model Minority Myths, & People of Color”

  • “Reel Injun" about portrayals of 1st Nation Native people in film

  • "Inventing the Indian" about stereotypical portrayals of 1st Nation Natives in film and literature

  • "A Good Day to Die" about American Indian Movement (AIM) co-founder Dennis Banks

  • "The Weather Underground" about young white militant radicals or revolutionaries of the 1960's

  • "All Power to the People:  Black Panther Party & Beyond" by Lee Lew-Lee about Black Panthers Rainbow Coalition collaborations and unity with American Indian Movement (AIM), Brown Berets, Young Lords, The Red Guard (1960s East Asian liberation group in San Francisco), and the Young Patriots (1960s lower socioeconomic white liberation group from Appalachian mountains)

  • "Dark Girls" about colorism directed at and within communities of non-white people of African descent

  • "I Am Not Your Negro" about the work of James Baldwin

  • "Hidden Colors" a series about historical accounts and information about African civilizations before colonization

  • "Chicano" about the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement

  • "Reel Bad Arabs" about the overwhelming demonization of Arabs, Persians, and Muslim believers in film

  • "Islamaphobia inc." about hate crimes toward Muslims in the USA,

  • "Hate Crimes in the Heartland" about hate crimes in midwest US 

  • "13th" about the 13th amendment, antiblackness, as well as the links between chattel slavery and mass incarceration

  • "Amandla" about the power of song as a tool of resistance during South African Apartheid

  • "Schooling the World:  The White Man's Last Burden" about colonial schooling and miseducation uses as tools of culturecide

"CLA$$, Classism, Colonization, Feudalism, & Poverty/Greed”

  • “End of Poverty”  about the creation of global material poverty

  • “The Corporation”  about the personhood and sociopathic nature of corporatism

  • “True Cost”  about the social and environmental impacts of fast fashion

  • “Why We Fight”  about the military industrial complex and material profits of war

  • “Who Killed the Electric Car”  about the deliberate destruction of the electric car industry to sustain oil dominance

  • “Concerning Violence”  about Franz Fanon and decolonization, narrated by Lauryn Hill

  • "The One Percent" about greed and hoarding of material wealth

  • "Capitalism, A Love Story" a satirical look at greed by Michael Moore

  • "Poverty Inc." how non-profits or NGOs exploit suffering and make wealth for themselves

”Diversity / Inclusion, & Intersectionality”

Don't always believe what you think...  Thoughts can be engineered, but belief comes from the essence of your power.

"Bread & Circuses" was a social engineering policy used by the Roman Empire to distract the masses from their suffering under oppressive corrupt governance.  An "appetite of spectacle" is what they called the gladiator arenas, plays about Greek tragedies, and comedic distractions where "fools" or jesters would tell the truth of the society cloaked in roaring laughter instead of loud cries or rebellious anger.  The videos listed are meant to be studied, as well as used for  dialogue prompts and further investigations of truth vs "reality." Blissful ignorance is deadly and bad for environmental health. Elevate your mind to enlighten humanity and resuscitate society.



”Blackness/Otherness, Indigenous Folk, Model Minority Myths, & People of Color”

  • Hawaiian Elder, Mahalani Poe Poe, speaks of Hawaiian Kupuna and La'au Lapa'au.  These are stories of oneness:

  • Hawaiian Elder, Hale Makua, shares ancestral scientific concepts that connect the entire planet.  Listen and consider:

  • This is the song "Mother."  You will hear a group of Native women who call themselves Ulali chanting as images of Native girls and women flash on the screen.  Their chanting is full of life, strength, pain, struggle, and the sociospiritual power of women.  You are encouraged not just to listen and look, but also feel the story in the song:

  • This is a parody and lots of truth with regards to "thanksgiving."  In this video, children act out a counter narrative depiction of interactions of Native people and European refugees in the Gregorian 1600s of an area now called Massachusetts:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks of the sociospiritual power that humans called black must access for true liberation.  He speaks of the arbitrary usage of the word "black" in the language of the English.  These are empowering words of Dr. King that are often absent from modern conversations about his legacy:

  • This vid is not an endorsement of the news agency "Vice."  In this segment, the rich culture of the Gullah Geechee people is highlighted.  These are descendants of enslaved peoples from lands now called Africa who have maintained the rich heritage, spirituality, and survival skill to thrive in spite of colonial white violences and terrorism.  Watch and consider how people endure trauma:

  • In this vid, the traditional dance and martial art of Capeoira is highlighted.  Learn about how people turned struggle into strength and trauma into triumph:

  • This vid is not an endorsement of the media outlet "BuzzFeed."  Blue Grass, Country, Cumbia, Merengue, Pop or Top 40, Reggae, Samba, Salsa, and many more musical genres fit this story.  In this vid, you will see a brief explanation of the influence of humans called black people on the world of music.  Black peoples contributions to arts, religion, and sciences is often hijacked to reinforce colonial violences.  What would Rock and Heavy Metal be without Jimi Hendrix?  Do your research, the theft or sharing of black brilliance runs deep: 

  • This vid highlights the struggle of the Ainu people of Japan.  "Ainu" means "human". The Ainu people regard things useful to them or beyond their control as "kamuy"(gods). In daily life, they prayed to and performed various ceremonies for the gods. These gods include : "nature" gods, such as of fire, water, wind and thunder ; "animal" gods, such as of bears, foxes, spotted owls and gram-puses ; "plant" gods, such as of aconite, mush-room and mugwort ; "object" gods, such as of boats and pots ; and gods which protect houses, gods of mountains and gods of lakes. The word "Ainu" refers to the opposite of these gods.  While watching this, consider how these struggles expressed by the Ainu reflect struggles of colonized peoples in other parts of the world trying to maintain and survive modernity: 

  • In this video, stereotypes about East Asian men are investigated and discussed.  This series is about the diaspora of Asian and Asian American peoples navigating white dominance:

  • In this video, the Tamil language of Southern Asia is investigated.  The subcontinent of India and the entire region of southern Asia is rich in a vast array of cultures, languages, and belief practices.

  • This is quick clip of an Assyrian church service.  These were the first churches of Christianity, they were in lands now called Lebanon, Syria, Israel/Palestine, Turkey, and Iraq.  This is the language of the Christ.

  • This video briefly explains how Islam changed the world.  Europe was brought out of the "Dark Ages" by the Renaissance which was sparked by Islam brought by Moorish invasions.  We still use Arabic numerals to this day.

  • This vid is Koryaks (or Koriak) dance.  They are an indigenous people of Kamchatka Krai in the Russian Far East, who inhabit the coastlands of the Bering Sea to the south of the Anadyr basin and the country to the immediate north of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the southernmost limit of their range being Tigilsk, Russia.  Notice any similarities to some other people somewhere else?

  • In Noel Ignatiev's book "How the Irish Became White," the same concepts of this vid are explored in greater depth.  Whiteness was an arbitrary concept engineered to separate Europeans from their ethnic heritages and ethnocentric/national/religious grudges in order to consolidate a force of dominance that would maintain an economic class structure rooted in phenotype.  The Irish were exploited in Europe before colonization and exploited in the colony of the US as foot soldiers against humans considered non-white.  Consider this video:

  • This video highlights indigenous languages from around the world.  Consider how the dominance of European and Asiatic languages are erasing the relevance of languages of Earth's original peoples.  Ways of communicating with air, fire, land, water, and other species, including plants, are disappearing from the planet.  What impact will this have and what can be done?  Remember what the Lorax said, "I speak for the trees...":

  • This video is about ancient Nubia, a kingdom in what is now called Sudan.

”Whiteness, White God Complexes, White Supremacy & White Privilege”

  • Robin DiAngelo explains whiteness and white fragility.  White fragility is a emotional/mental barrier preventing humans called white and humans called non-white, who have strongly assimilated to whiteness, from transforming racial realities, eliminating white dominance, and healing historical traumas:

  • This vid is not an endorsement of the media company "HBO."  From a 2012 episode of the "Newsroom," a scholar asks why "America" is the greatest country in the world to a panel of journalist.  A response goes into how the US is delusional in its illusion of "greatness."  It closes with a nostalgic eulogy from the same critic about what "America" was and how.  This clip has been criticized by both conservatives and liberals.  Conservatives at the time felt it was unpatriotic and liberals saw it is a example of an attack on a young liberal white woman in the scene.  Watch the scene again and again, pay attention to the musical shifts, carefully examine the camera angles and close ups.  How might this "sentiment" be weaponized by both conservative and liberal partisanship, what about the nostalgia he expresses, and how might his style of expression reflect current rhetoric:

  • Chris Hayes of MSNBC does a satirical counter narrative about "rioting."  In this he uses rhetoric and points typically employed about when humans called non-white, especially black, riot, toward humans called white.  This is a great discussion prompt:

  • This is Ben Shapiro speaking about racial disparities with regards to incarceration and drug crimes.  Please take time to investigate his claims thoroughly and assume or infer what is the baseline of core belief from which he operates.  It is either humans called white are inherently more moral, more family oriented, more intelligent, and hardworking that humans called black or there is a historic and systemic intention to protect whites while simultaneously punishing blacks.  Please investigate every point with either a Social Centric intention or...:

  • The Pinky Show is satirical, yet very smart.  There are three vidz for your review, "How to Solve Illegal Immigration," "We Love Museums, Do Museums Love Us Back" and "Fabulous Imperialism, the 1893 Columbian Exposition."  There are many more concepts to explore in the world of Pinky for dialogue and prompts with regards to social engineering, social transformation, and bettering of the Earth.  Consider watching "Scary School Nightmare," "Hawaiian Imperialism," and "Power, Structure, and Agency" also.  Here are the three aforementioned.  Immigration:             Museums: ColumbianExposition

  • This Dr Phil segment is about the concept of white privilege:


The worldwide web is many "worlds" that are free from or have abandoned the order of the natural world; people do or say whatever they want with no concern of consequences.  SCi aspires to elevate discourse, understanding, action or behavior, and civilization as a whole from the trappings of unchecked animalism.  Click on the arrows to explore the various websites that either contribute to or assault the Social Centric mission of contributing to the material, social, and spiritual progress of all peoples without harm to the ecosphere.  Consider that this "page" or image would be considered cool or modern. Everything you see is made of materials from the Earth, yet aside from the sky outside the window, every piece of this image was birthed in a human mind to fulfill dreams and or directly/indirectly create nightmares.  Websites are tools of dreams and nightmares that warrant investigation.  Use the arrows to explore.


The research below come from scholarly articles, medical journals, and studies conducting from various disciplines throughout the world.  Investigate the findings, cross reference, and develop your own approaches to find truth.

Although all people are prone to this cognitive bias of “apophenia”, nurses may be at increased risk because they commonly produce or at least use qualitative research that can be highly interpretive. Qualitative researchers have been silent on the risk of apophenia and hence on exploring how attention to apophenia could help to indicate and manage such unconscious biases.

Enduring vicious forms of violence to both body and spirit. Indigenous women. Expected to withstand this settler colonial violence as our lands are continued to be subjected to the same forms of violence. Indigenous women. Expected to do so even beyond the grave as they become yet another statistic in the long list of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Enduring vicious forms of violence to both body and spirit. Indigenous women. Expected to withstand this settler colonial violence as our lands are continued to be subjected to the same forms of violence. Indigenous women. Expected to do so even beyond the grave as they become yet another statistic in the long list of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

An intersectionality framework was used to investigate how the race, social class, and gender of a fictional opioid user depicted in a vignette relate to stigma, support for punishing the person via the criminal justice system (criminalization), and support for helping the person via medical treatment (medicalization).

Although educators’ practices surrounding race and racism remain largely unexplored, decades of developmental psychological research indicate that parents of color engage in ethnic-racial socialization practices that are beneficial for children (Hughes et al., 2006).

"Japan's Hidden Apartheid: The Korean Minority and Japanese" tells the story of Japan's Korean minority and it's trouble relationship with Japanese state and society since World War II. This Korean minority circumstance is a powerful juxtaposition to other caste like or colonized minority populations in other parts of the world.

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