1st Edition

Labour Migration from China to Japan International Students, Transnational Migrants

By Gracia Liu-Farrer Copyright 2011
    216 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Chinese students are the largest international student population in the world, and Japan attracts more of them than any other country. Since the mid-1980s when China opened the door to let private citizens out and Japan began to let more foreigners in, over 300 thousand Chinese have arrived in Japan as students. Student migrants are the most visible, controversial and active Chinese immigrants in Japan. The majority of them enter Japan’s labour market and many have stayed on indefinitely.

    Based on the author’s original fieldwork data and government statistics, this book gives a comprehensive portrayal of an often neglected group of international migrants in a society that for decades has been considered a non-immigrant country. It introduces Chinese students’ diverse mobility trajectories, analyses their career patterns, describes their transnational living arrangements, and explores the mechanisms that give rise to their identity as 'new overseas Chinese'. This book contributes to our understanding of international migration and international education in an age of globalization. It points out that student migrants are key to the internationalization of Japanese society, and potentially in other countries where immigration is still considered a challenging reality.

    This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Sociology and Labour Studies.

    Introduction: Japan and the Educationally Channeled International Labour Migration  1. Fuji Dongying: A Century of Chinese Student Migration to Japan  2. Parting at the Starting Point: Visa Overstaying as a Social Process  3. Labouring to Learn: Student Migrant Life in Japan  4. Careers in Japan's Transnational Economy  5. Global Economies From Below:  Migrants' Transnational Entrepreneurship  6. Lives Spanned Across Borders  Conclusion: International Students, Transnational Migrants


    Gracia Liu-Farrer is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Japan.