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Multiculturalism in East Asia

A Transnational Exploration of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Edited by Koichi Iwabuchi; Hyun Mee Kim and Hsiao-Chuan Hsia

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The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed the decline of multiculturalism as a policy in Western countries with tighter national border controls and increasing anti-migration discourse. But what is the impact of multiculturalism in East Asia? How will East Asian nations develop their own policies on migration and multiculturalism? What does cultural diversity mean for their future?

Multiculturalism in East Asia examines the development and impact of multiculturalism in East Asia with a focus on Japan, South Korean and Taiwan. It uses a transnational approach to explore key topics including policy, racialized discourses on cultural diversity and the negotiation process of marginalized subjects and groups. While making a contextualized analysis in each country, contributors will consciously make a comparison and references to other East Asian cases while also situating this as well as put their case in a wider transnational context.
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Rowman & Littlefield International
Pages: 248Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-78348-497-3 • Hardback • October 2016 • $120.00 • (£80.00)
978-1-78348-498-0 • Paperback • September 2016 • $39.95 • (£24.95)
978-1-78348-499-7 • eBook • October 2016 • $37.95 • (£24.95)
Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of Monash Asia Institute, Monash University in Melbourne.

Hyun Mee Kim is Professor of the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Graduate Program in Culture and Gender Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea.

Hsiao-Chuan Hsia is Professor and Director at the Graduate Institute for Social Transformation Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taipei.
1. Rethinking Multiculturalism from a Trans-East Asian Perspective, Koichi Iwabuchi, Kim Hyun Mee, Hsiao-Chuan Hsia / Section 1: Multiculturalism Policy Discourse: Critical interrogation / 2. Korean Multiculturalism and its Discontents, Ji-Hyun Ahn / 3. Multicultural Taiwan: Policy developments and challenges, Li-Jung Wang / 4. Multicultural co-living (tabunka kyosei) in Japan: Localized engagement without multiculturalism, Koichi Iwabuchi / Section 2: Racialization of multicultural situations / 5. The Racialization of Multicultural Families by Media in a Multicultural Nation, Jung Hyesil / 6. Legislating Race and the Nation in Taiwan: How Immigration Laws Embodies the Dark Side in the Nation-building Process, Bruce Yuan-Hao Liao / 7. Intersecting Japanese Nationalism and Racism as Everyday Practices: Toward Constructing a Multiculturalist Japanese Society, Yuko Kawai / Section 3: Cultural politics of multicultural subject makings / 8. Can ‘multicultural soldiers’ serve the nation? The social debate about the military service management of mixed-race draftees in South Korea, Kim, Hyun Mee / 9. The Making of Multiculturalistic Subjectivity : The Case of Marriage Migrants' Empowerment in Taiwan, Hsiao-Chuan Hsia / 10. Historicizing Mixed-race Representations in Japan: From Politicization to Identity Formation, Sachiko Horiguchi and Yuki Imoto / Section 4: Multiculturalism and long-existing ethnic minorities / 11. Hwagyo under the Multiculturalism in South Korea: Residual Chinese or Emerging Transcultural Subject?, Hyunjoon Shin / 12. Multiculturalism and Indigenous Peoples: A Critical Review of the Experience in Taiwan, Kuan, Da-Wei / 13. Living in love and hate: Transforming representations and identities of Zainichi Koreans in contemporary Japan, Kohei Kawabata
The countries of East Asia - historically some of the most ethnically homogeneous in the world - are increasingly experiencing the impacts of international migration, leading them to confront the possibilities and challenges of multiculturalism. This collection brings together a range of superb original essays which explore the shared experiences of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in the negotiation of growing cultural diversity in their midst.
Ien Ang, Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Western Sydney


The first book to use a transnational approach to explore multiculturalism in East Asia.

Compares and contrasts between Japan, South Korea and Taiwan while also situating multiculturalism within a wider transnational context.

Proposes future directions for multiculturalism in East Asia using this transnational approach.

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