Cultural Migrants from Japan: Youth, Media, and Migration in by Yuiko Fujita

By Yuiko Fujita

Lately, lots of younger jap were migrating to manhattan and London for the aim of undertaking cultural construction in components comparable to dance, style, DJing, movie, and pa arts within the desire of "making it" as artists. long ago, this sort of cultural migration was once limited to particularly small, elite teams, comparable to American artists in Paris within the 1920's, yet Cultural Migrants from Japan appears to be like on the phenomenon of tens of hundreds of thousands of normal, middle-class eastern youths who're relocating to those towns for cultural reasons, and it questions how this shift in cultural migration might be explained.Following Appadurai's idea of the relation among digital media and mass migration, and utilizing ethnographies of 22 younger migrants over a 5 yr interval, Fujita examines how tv, movie, and the net impact this mobility. She demanding situations rising orthodoxies within the common dialogue of transnationalism, demonstrating the disjunction migrants adventure among the pre-existing expectancies created by way of media publicity, and the truth of constructing and dwelling as a "transnational" artist partaking in a world community.Intersecting long term, multi-sited ethnography with rising transnational and globalization conception, Cultural Migrants from Japan is a well timed examine the rising shift in innovations of nationwide id and migration.

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I often visit their website on the Internet. I can’t understand English well, so I just see images. I like Missy Elliot [a female rapper]. . New York City was beautiful and fun. People looked lively. . When I went to see a Broadway musical, I thought it was as great as I had expected. I went only for sightseeing, but I was so moved. (Nana, female “freeter,” age 20) A few respondents have never been to New York City. Yet they also come to hold a particular image of the city mainly through the media.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MIGRATION SYSTEMS (THE MESO LEVEL) The “push” and “pull” approach leaves many aspects of the migration process unexplained. Another approach, “migration systems theory” has emerged out of such critiques, aiming at a more inclusive and interdisciplinary understanding. The basic principle is that any migratory movement can be seen as the result of interaction among the macro-, meso-, and micro-structures. ), demography and ecology (population growth, availability of arable land), and any other relationships and practices established by the states of sending and receiving countries (Castles and Miller, 2003: 26–27).

I think Western art, for example, Italian art or French Art, is supreme. (Wakana, female graphic designer migrating to London, age 26) When I traveled to New York City, I found that Americans lead a simpler life than I had expected. The city wasn’t as clean as cities in Japan. They eat fewer dishes than Japanese people. Maybe each person has one’s own eating habits, but in Japan we usually have a set meal but they eat only soup. . I think Japan has become seiy¯o-ka [or “westernized”] more than America [her definition of seiy¯o is Western Europe, especially France].

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