This post introduces my previous research on European migration to Japan which is summarized in my latest book Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism – Europeans in Japan published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.
About the book
This book analyzes the increase in contemporary European migration to Japan, its causes and the lives of Europeans in Japan. It aims to deconstruct the picture of Europeans (and in extension Westerners) as highly skilled, privileged, cosmopolitan elites that can be frequently seen in popular imagination as well as in scholarship. The book focuses on the case of Europeans rather than Westerners migrating to a highly developed, non-Western country as Japan, and it offers new insights on increasing diversity in migration and its outcomes for integration of migrants in Japan. The book is based on interviews with 57 subjects from various parts of Europe occupying various positions within Japanese society. In three parts, the book explores the following questions:
What are the motivations for choosing Japan?
How do white migrants enjoy the ‘privilege’ based on their race and what are its limits?
To what extent are the social worlds of such migrants characterized by cosmopolitanism rather than ethnicity?
The book is available in e-book, soft- and hard-cover formats from the publisher, amazon or other major booksellers.