Jamie Coates is a Lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. Trained as an anthropologist, Jamie’s research examines how human mobilities and media flows between China and Japan are creating new identities and communities in the Sino-Japanese context.

Redefining ‘Labour’ Migration from a Sino-Japanese Perspective

Increasing numbers of students, workers, and tourists around the world are challenging how we define labour migration. In particular, Japan was an early adopter of policies that have blurred the lines between migration and other forms of human mobility. As the largest non-Japanese group living and working in Japan, the experiences of Chinese people represent an important part of how we understand international labour migration in East Asia today. This essay reflects on ethnographic research conducted with young Chinese in Tokyo.

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