Guest Lecture

Immigrant Japan: Mobility and Belonging in an Ethno-nationalist Society

Duisburg, 29 January 2019

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) hosted the lecture by Prof. Dr Gracia Liu-Farrer (Waseda-University, Japan).

It is hard to imagine Japan, a society with a strong national cultural identity and a myth of racial homogeneity, as an immigrant society. Although at around 2.5 million and about 2% of the total population, the presence of immigrants is not comparable to that in most other industrial countries, immigrants have nonetheless penetrated every aspect of economic and social life in this island country and are taking part in shaping its future. Based on many years of field research among immigrants from different national backgrounds living in Japan, this presentation examined how immigrants make home, build communities, and understand their existence in a country with distinct patterns of social organization and powerful ethno-national cultural narratives.

Gracia Liu-Farrer is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Director of Institute of Asian Migration at Waseda University, Japan. She is currently a guest professor at IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen.

Venue: IN-EAST, Geibelstraße 41, 47057 Duisburg, Room SG 183