Junko Onuma

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry Tyler

Third Advisor

Dr. Donald Cooney

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Japanese Americans are regarded as one of model minority groups recently in American society. Through the war experience, the Japanese Americans are likely to become upper middle class people and to assimilate into the Caucasian groups.

The purpose of this research is to investigate Japanese method to assimilate into American society. The research focuses on the Michigan area as a particular area of Japanese American assimilation process. The interview research was conducted with 14 people who live in Michigan. These people are classified into the three groups to distinguish differences, historical, and social factors on assimilation. Consequently, Japanese Americans living in Michigan assimilate into the mainstream very well because they are a very small group. Japanese Americans are accepted by the host society except for the problem of their physical differences.