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Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands

Iacobelli, Pedro (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile)

978 1 350 09864 0
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Publication date:
24 January 2019

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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.

Table of contents: 

Introduction 1. History, the State and the Japanese Migration to South America 2. Ideology and Migration 3. Postwar Japanese Migration to Bolivia 4. Understanding American Okinawa: Cold War and Mobility 5. Ryukyu Emigration Program as an American Cold War Policy 6. Okinawa's Statehood and Mobility 7. Postwar Okinawan Emigration Plan to Bolivia 8. Epilogue: State and Migration in Japan and Okinawa Notes Bibliography Index


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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