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Liu-Farrer, Gracia

Immigrant Japan

Mobility and Belonging in an Ethno-nationalist Society


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    Immigrant Japan?  Sounds like a contradiction, but as Gracia Liu-Farrer shows, millions of immigrants make their varied lives in Japan, dealing with the tensions between belonging and not belonging in this ethno-nationalist country. Why do people want to come to Japan? Where do immigrants with various resources and demographic profiles fit in the economic landscape? How do immigrants narrate belonging in an environment where they are "other" at a time when mobility is increasingly easy and belonging increasingly complex?

    Gracia Liu-Farrer illuminates the lives of these immigrants by bringing in sociological, geographical, and psychological theories—guiding the reader through life trajectories of migrants of various backgrounds, while also going so far as to suggest that Japan is already an immigrant country.


    276 pages
    3 charts 3 Tables
    Immigration, Japan, Belonging, Ethno-nationalist society, immigrant country

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    Gracia Liu-Farrer is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Director of Institute of Asian Migrations, Waseda University, Japan. She is the author of Labor Migration from China to Japan and coeditor of the Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations.


    Roger Goodman, University of Oxford:

    "Twenty years of case studies - combined with rigorous and theoretically informed argument - mean that Immigrant Japan more than lives up to its provocative title. It should hit on the head, once and for all, the simplistic assumption that Japan is a country that is incapable of incorporating immigrants."

    Deborah Milly, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, author of New Policies for New Residents:

    "Liu-Farrer's interpretive analysis of the voices of migrants and immigrants provides a distinctive perspective on the relationship between migration and belonging in Japan. It reveals how these subjects engage Japanese society and policies to create a space for themselves as immigrants."

    Ryoko Yamamoto, SUNY Old Westbury, Sociology Department:

    "Immigrant Japan is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarship on global migration. The personal narratives presented are vibrant and the analysis is nuanced and insightful."

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