開催日時 2016年10月17日(月)12:15-12:50
参加資格WIAPS専任教員・助手, WIAPS受入の交換研究員・訪問学者・外国人研究員, GSAPS修士課程・博士後期課程在学生

報告者:ファーラー グラシア (早大アジア太平洋研究科教授)

Rethinking Migration through Asian Experiences

Spanning across a vast geographic area, Asia sustains nearly two thirds of the world population. In this populous continent, people have never ceased to move across boundaries looking for a better life. Economic globalization, demographic transformations and the expansion of international education and tourism since the 1980s have resulted in more rapid population mobility. The attempts at creating integrated regional communities have further facilitated the movements of people within Asia. People migrate to work, to study, to marry, to retire, to escape insecure environments and to enjoy a different climate and lifestyle.
Extant social theories of migration were mostly borne out of North American and European experiences, and often fall short of explaining patterns and outcomes of population movements in Asia. The specific social organizations, political regimes, economic developments and cultural makeup in Asia mean that new conceptual tools are needed to theorize Asian migrations.
This talk highlights several contemporary phenomena of migration flows within and into Asia as well as emergent mobility trends out of Asia, and outlines areas where Asian migration experiences bring new insights into the field of migration research. It points out that Asian experiences make it imperative to reinvestigate the meanings and logic of migration, to re-center focus on the production of mobility, and reconsider the “integration lens” for examining the outcomes of immigration. Finally, this talk proposes topics that need to engage more extensive research efforts.

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