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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Child Migration in East/Southeast Asia: The Culture and Identity of Children Raised in a Transnational Household

Child Migration in East/Southeast Asia: Culture and Identity of Children Raised in Transnational Household

Keywords

  • Child Migration
  • Transnational Hierarchies

Areas

  • East and Southeast Asia [Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma(Myanmar),Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippine]

Website

http://childmigration.aa-ken.jp/

About the Project

Project term: April, 2016–March, 2019

In the first phase of our research, we analyzed marriage migration as part of an ILCAA (Research Institute for Cultures and Languages of Asia and Africa) joint research project from 2010 to 2012. The results recommended that marriage migration should be analyzed in terms of diversity in the migration trajectories of transnational families. The trajectories are sometimes repeated, circulated, and extended. In this process, the topic of transborder children—children who not only experience or repeat physical transborder migration but also travel between and return to multiple languages, cultures, and identities—was identified as the topic for the second phase of the research.
Child migration has been previously analyzed in terms of human trafficking and forced labor. In contrast, this research project focuses on the following: (1) child migration as a result of a life-stage change, (2) child-return migration subsequent to the parents’ transborder divorce, (3) child migrants returning to the country of their nationality to secure their parents’ visa status(es), and (4) child migration after being adopted by a foreign parent upon their parents’ transborder remarriage. This research project will present empirical data on child migrants’ language, culture, socioeconomic status, and legal status, as well as how the migration affects their lives.

Kayoko ISHII, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, Rikkyo University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Kayoko ISHII (Rikkyo University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Ikuya TOKORO
  • Aiko NISHIKIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Tien-shi CHEN
  • Hsiao-Chuan HSIA
  • Kayoko ISHII
  • Misaki IWAI
  • Masako KUDO
  • Takayo OGISU
  • Chie SAKAI
  • Sachiko YOKOTA

Outputs

Meetings

The 5th meeting

  • Symposium on Media, Cross-nationality, Idnetity: Culture of the Global Era
  • Date/Time: Fri 7 Jul 2017 13:15–14:45
  • Venue: Conference Room, 2F Building No. 12, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Joint Research Project “Child Migration in East/Southeast Asia: Culture and Identity of Children Raised in Transnational Household” and College of Sociology, Rikkyo University
  • 13:15–13:30 Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Introduction
    13:30–14:30 Ploysri Porananond (Chiang Mai University)
    Lecture “The Evolution of Thainess and the Use of Thainess at the Luxuly Chain Hotels in Phuket”
    14:30–14:45 All members
    Open Discussion

The 4th meeting Report (English)(71KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 20 May 2017 10:00–13:00 (closed meeting), 13:30–17:30 (open meeting)
  • Venue: Conference Room Nos.1-2, 10F, McKim Hall Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
  • Language: Japanese (–13:00), English (13:30–)
  • Organized by Joint Research Project “Child Migration in East/Southeast Asia: Culture and Identity of Children Raised in Transnational Household”
  • 10:00–13:00 (closed meeting, Language: Japanese)
  • 10:00–10:30 Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Project report
    10:30–11:30 All members
    Report of each research progress
    11:30–12:30 All members
    Lunch Meeting on the subsequent symposium in the afternoon
    12:30–13:00 All members
    Preparation of the symposium
  • 13:00–17:30 (open meeting, Language: English)
  • 13:30–14:00 Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Opening Remarks
    14:00–15:00 Nicole Constable (University of Pittsburgh)
    Keynote Address “Migrant Mothers and the Varieties of Absent Children“
    15:15–16:00 Michelle T.Y. Huang (National Taiwan University)
    Presentation “Like a Family, but Not Quite: Emotional Labor and Cinematic Politics of Intimacy”
    16:15–17:00 Chiho OGAYA (Ferris University)
    Presentation “Japanese Filipino Children (JFC) and Japan : Crossroads of Family, Nationality, Class and Migration”
    17:00–17:30 All members
    Open Discussion

The 3rd meeting Report (English)(77KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 25 Feb 2017 10:00–13:00 (closed meeting), 13:30–18:30 (open meeting)
  • Venue: Conference Room No. 2, 2F, Building No. 12, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Joint Research Project “Child Migration in East/Southeast Asia: Culture and Identity of Children Raised in Transnational Household”
  • 10:00–13:00 (closed meeting)
  • Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Project report
    All members
    Report of each research progress
    All members
    Lunch Meeting on the subsequent symposium in the afternoon
    All members
    Preparation of the symposium
  • 13:00–18:30 (open meeting)
  • Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Opening Remarks
    Henrik Lebuhn (Humbolt University)
    Main Speech: “How the Border Colonizes Our Everyday Life:Urban Borderlands, Citizenship, and the Politics of Contestation”
    Fuminori KAWAKUBO (Chuo Gakuin University)
    Presentation “Revisiting Borders: New Ideas in Border Studies”
    Susanne Y. P. Choi (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    Presentation “Engendering Borders: Women and Children Living in the China-Hong Kong Borderland”
    All members
    Open Discussion

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 1 Oct 2016 9:30–17:30
  • Venue: Conference Room Nos.1-2, 10F, McKim Hall Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
  • Organized by Joint Research Project “Child Migration in East/Southeast Asia: Culture and Identity of Children Raised in Transnational Household”
  • 9:30–13:00, Language: Japanese
  • Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Project report
    All members
    Report of each research progress
    All members
    Lunch Meeting on the subsequent symposium in the afternoon
    All members
    Preparation of the symposium
  • 13:00–17:30, Language: English
  • Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Opening Remarks
    Rhacel Parrenas (University of Southern California)
    Keynote Speech: “Partial Citizenship of Family Migrants”
    Hsia, Hsiao-Chuan (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Shih Hsin University)
    Presentation “Partial Citizenship of Family Migrants in Taiwan”
    Itaru NAGASAKA (Hiroshima University)
    Presentation “Partial Citizenship of Family Migrants in Japan”
    Choo Hae Yeon (University of Toronto)
    Presentation “Contesting the politics of containment: Marriage migrant women and the negotiation of citizenship in South Korea”
    All members
    Open Discussion
    Ruri ITO (Hitotsubashi University)
    Closing Remarks

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 23 Apr 2016 10:30–17:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Kayoko ISHII (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Opening Session
    Ikuo KAWAKAMI (Waseda University)
    “Definition of ‘Child Migration’”
    Michi TAKEDA (Kobe Shoin Women’s University)
    “Theoretical Perspective on Child Migration”
    All members
    Discussion “Definition and Theoretical Focus for this Joint Research Project”

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