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Monday
30
MAY

01:00 PM

Labour Migration under Recession: A Comparative Study of Younger and Older Japanese Skilled Workers in China

Dr. Kumiko Kawashima, Rikkyo University (Japan), Department of Culture and Tourism Studies

This lecture presents the contrasting experiences of younger and older Japanese skilled migrants in northeastern China to consider the generational impact of an economic downturn. Findings from in-depth interviews show that while poorer working conditions under a recession motivated both groups to migrate, the timing of the recession had a significant influence on each cohort’s social and geographical mobility patterns. A generational perspective is fruitful as it demonstrates that life course patterns are shaped historically and institutionally.

Kumiko Kawashima is an Associate Professor at the Department of Culture and Tourism Studies, Rikkyo University, Japan. She applies an ethnographic approach to observing the mutually constitutive relationship between the individual experiences of the everyday, and broader social, cultural and economic changes. Her research projects so far have investigated working holiday mobility and labour migration in Asia and the Pacific.

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https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/zmta-7tur-3nkr-xnzt

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Institut für Sinologie

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