Multiculturalism in East Asia

A Transnational Exploration of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Edited by Koichi Iwabuchi, Hyun Mee Kim, Hsiao-Chuan Hsia

Publication date:

04 October 2016

Length of book:

248 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783484973

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.
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.