Ethnic Diversity in Aging and Aging Services in the U.S.

Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 153-163

First online:

A transformation of ritual: The nisei 60th birthday

  • Mary L. DoiAffiliated withHuman Development and Aging Program University of California

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Rituals are enactments of shared meanings, norms, and values. The kanreki, a traditional Japanese rite of passage to old age at 60, is now being celebrated by Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans). This paper examines the transformation of the Japanese rite of passage to a collective response among the Nisei to the dilemmas of growing older in urban America.

Key Words

aging ethnicity Japanese Americans Nisei ritual