Somatometric study of Nisei (2nd generation Japanese immigrants), Lima, Peru

Takayama Hiroshi

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Abstract

Somatometric research was carried out in Lima, Peru, in 1995. Twenty one body measurements, 15 cephalic measurements and an outline of the right foot were taken. The number of people measured were 107, 41 men and 66 women. Subjects were chosen through a screening process based on their birthplace and the birthplace of their parents. The number of selected subjects were 74 (33 men and 41 women). Their somatometric data was compared with that of Okinawans born during the same period, younger Japanese (19-29 yrs) and older Japanese (the same age as the Lima Nisei subjects). The body type of Lima Nisei is close to that of older Japanese in their height but larger in their breadth and circumference. Head measurements show that the Lima Nisei have still their original morphology of the Okinawans. Their changes are supposed to be modernizing alteration of the body. The European or American lifestyle and nutrition in Peru are considered the main reasons these changes have occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-201
Number of pages13
JournalAnthropological Science
Volume106
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1

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Keywords

  • Environmental change
  • Japanese local population
  • Lima Nisei (2nd generation Japanese immigrants)
  • Somatometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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