Publications by Joshua H. Roth


Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Winner of the 2004 Book Award in Social Science from the Association for Asian American Studies


In Press: The Shared Road: Cars, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists in Japan (chapter in Wheels of Change: Cars, Automobilty and Development in Asia, ed. by Avre Hansen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Routledge Press).

2015  Hoko onchi:  Way-finding and the Emergence of Directional Tone-Deafness in Japan, Ethos v. 43 i. 4 (December):  402-422

2015 "Interpreting Minority Experiences of Japan's March 2011 Triple Disasters" (chapter in East Asia and the World, edited by Anne Prescott, M.E. Sharpe).

2015  Japanese Brazilian Croquet in Sào Paulo: Ethnic Identity, Contestation, and Integration,  in Sports Culture in Latin American History, edited by David Sheinin, Pittsburg: University of Pittsburg Press.

2014  Is Female to Male as Lightweight Cars are to Sports Cars? Gender Metaphors and Cognitive Schemas in Recessionary Japan (chapter in Vehicles of Moral Imagination, edited by David Lipset and Richard Handler, Berghahn Books)

2014 Lightweight Cars and Women Drivers: The De/construction of Gender Metaphors in Recessionary Japan, (chapter in Capturing Contemporary Japan, edited by Satsuki Kawano, Glenda Roberts, and Susan Long, University of Hawai'i Press).

2012 Heartfelt Driving: Discourses on Manners, Safety, and Emotion in Japan's Era of Mass Motorization. The Journal of Asian Studies, v. 71: pp 171-192

2012 Drivers Education in Japan: Personality Tests and 'Road Rage'  The Asia-Pacific Memo, Memo #158, May 24, 2012

2011 Harmonizing Cars and Humans in Japan's Era of Mass Automobility. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol 9, Issue 45 No 3

2009 Off with Their Heads! Resolving the ‘Garbage Problem’ of Autumn Leaves in Kawagoe, Japan published online at

2007 Adapting to Inequality: Negotiating Nikkei Identity in Contexts of Return. Creolization: History, Ethnography, Theory, edited by Charles Stewart. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press

2006 A Mean Spirited Sport: Japanese Brazilian Croquet in São Paulo’s Public Spaces. Anthropological Quarterly, v. 79, n. 4 (Fall): 609-632

2005 Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan’s Insider Minorities/ In The Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Japan, edited by Jennifer Robertson. London: Blackwell Publishing

2005 Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan’s Insider Minorities (expanded version) published online at

2003 Responsibility and the Limits of Identification In Doing Fieldwork in Japan, edited by Theodore C. Bestor, Patricia Steinhoff, and Victoria Lyon Bestor. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press

2003 Urashima Taro’s Ambiguating Practices: The Significance of Overseas Voting Rights for Elderly Japanese Migrants to Brazil/ In Searching for Home Abroad: Japanese Brazilians and Transnationalism, edited by Jeffrey Lesser. Durham: Duke University Press