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


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Describes how millions of immigrants make their lives in Japan, highlighting the tensions between belonging and not belonging in this ethno-nationalist immigrant country-- Immigrant Japan? Sounds like a contradiction, but as Gracia Liu-Farrer shows, millions of immigrants make their 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 diverse backgrounds while also going so far as to suggest that Japan is already an immigrant country. --Deborah Milly, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, author of New Policies for New Residents

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