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Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

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Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies

A Talk by Erin Aeran Chung, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

How do we explain the different ways Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have tried incorporating immigrants into their societies? With similar immigration and citizenship policies, they share a common struggle of accommodating social diversity while adhering to liberal democratic principles when dealing with immigrants from neighboring Asian countries. While exploring these issues, this talk will also examine the role civil society plays  in giving voice to migrant interests, mobilizing migrant actors, and shaping public debate and policy on immigration.

Erin Aeran Chung is the Charles D. Miller Associate Professor of East Asian Politics in the Department of Political Science and the Co-Director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) Program at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She specializes in East Asian political economy, international migration, and comparative racial politics. She has been a Mansfield Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Program Scholar, an SSRC Abe Fellow at the University of Tokyo and Korea University, an advanced research fellow at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and a Japan Foundation fellow at Saitama University. Her first book, Immigration and Citizenship in Japan, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 and translated into Japanese and published by Akashi Shoten in 2012. Her second book, Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies, is under contract at Cambridge University Press. She was recently awarded a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) to support the completion of her third book project on Citizenship, Social Capital, and Racial Politics in the Korean Diaspora.

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