Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands

Author:   Pedro Iacobelli (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN:  

9781474297271


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   13 July 2017
Format:   Hardback
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Placing a distinct focus on the role of the sending state, this book examines the history of postwar Japan's migration policy, linking it to the larger question of statehood and nation-building in the postwar era. Pedro Iacobelli delves into the role of states in shaping migration flows by exploring the genesis of the state-led emigration from Japan and the US-administered Ryukyu Islands to South America in the mid-20th century. The study proposes an alternative political perspective on migration history to analyze the rationale and mechanisms behind the establishment of migration programs by the sending state. To develop this perspective, the book examines the state's emigration policies, their determinants and their execution for the Japanese and Okinawan migration programs to Bolivia in the 1950s. It argues that the post-war migration policies that established those migration flows were a result of the political cost-benefit calculations, rather than only economic factors, of the three governments involved. With its unique focus on the role of the sending state and the relationship between Japan, Okinawa and the United States, this is a valuable study for students and scholars of postwar Japan and migration history.

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Author:   Pedro Iacobelli (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Weight:   0.539kg
ISBN:  

9781474297271


ISBN 10:   1474297277
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   13 July 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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In this time of contentious politics around international migration driven by unfounded fears of crisis, books like this are needed to understand how the boundaries of belonging may change with different state and other interests to build a future more inclusive of everyone. * Journal of Japanese Studies * Migration has been a decisive force in Okinawan history, creating links that span the Pacific. The complex history of the Okinawan region, as an independent kingdom that was incorporated into Japan, then occupied by the US after the Pacific War and returned to Japan in 1972, makes this a particularly significant locus for studying the role of the state in migration history. Pedro Iacobelli brings together material from Japan, the US and South America to offer a fascinating new perspective Okinawa's migration history. This book opens up fresh approaches for understanding migration flows, not only from Okinawa to South America, but also in broader context of the twentieth-century world. * Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian National University, Australia * This book is a fascinating study of the state-led Japanese and Okinawan migration to South America in the postwar era. Its careful analysis emphasizes the role of different state powers in planning, promoting and managing the trans-Pacific migration at both the point of departure and the point of arrival. It provides a comprehensive framework to investigate any government-driven emigration program in modern time. By examining the inter-play of the Japanese Government, the U.S. Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands and the Government of the Ryukyu Islands behind the Japanese and Okinawan migration to Bolivia during the formative years of the Japanese postwar nation, this book opens new possibilities in the transnational study of Japanese history during the Cold War era. It is one of the best works on the history of Japanese and Okinawan postwar emigration in recent years. * Sidney X. Lu, Michigan State University, USA *


Migration has been a decisive force in Okinawan history, creating links that span the Pacific. The complex history of the Okinawan region, as an independent kingdom that was incorporated into Japan, then occupied by the US after the Pacific War and returned to Japan in 1972, makes this a particularly significant locus for studying the role of the state in migration history. Pedro Iacobelli brings together material from Japan, the US and South America to offer a fascinating new perspective Okinawa's migration history. This book opens up fresh approaches for understanding migration flows, not only from Okinawa to South America, but also in broader context of the twentieth-century world. Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian National University, Australia This book is a fascinating study of the state-led Japanese and Okinawan migration to South America in the postwar era. Its careful analysis emphasizes the role of different state powers in planning, promoting and managing the trans-Pacific migration at both the point of departure and the point of arrival. It provides a comprehensive framework to investigate any government-driven emigration program in modern time. By examining the inter-play of the Japanese Government, the U.S. Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands and the Government of the Ryukyu Islands behind the Japanese and Okinawan migration to Bolivia during the formative years of the Japanese postwar nation, this book opens new possibilities in the transnational study of Japanese history during the Cold War era. It is one of the best works on the history of Japanese and Okinawan postwar emigration in recent years. Sidney X. Lu, Michigan State University, USA


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Pedro Iacobelli is Assistant Professor of History at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile. He is the co-editor of Transnational Japan as History: Empire, Migration and Social Movement (2016).

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