ICAS video: [Book Talk] Europeans in Japan: Migration and Whiteness

Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on October 19, 2016. Speaker was Miloš Debnár, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

Event Description

This book analyzes the increase in contemporary European migration to Japan, its causes and the lives of Europeans in Japan. The main goal is to deconstruct the picture of highly skilled, privileged, cosmopolitan elites that has been frequently associated with white or Western migrants. The book focuses on the case of Europeans rather than Westerners migrating to a highly developed, non-Western country as Japan, and offers new insights on increasing diversity in migration and its outcomes for integration of migrants. What are the motivations for choosing Japan, how do white migrants enjoy the ‘privilege’ based on their race, what are its limits, and to what extent are the social worlds of such migrants characterized by cosmopolitanism rather than ethnicity?