Immigration Policy in Japan and South Korea and the Development of their Sending Countries: An Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) Presentation

Colloquium | December 12 | 1-3 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Annabelle Baker, UC Berkeley; Amanda Wong, UC Berkeley; Ishani Ghosh, UC Berkeley; Sophia Quach, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Low birth rates, an aging population, and rapid economic development in Japan and South Korea have put great pressures on an increased need for immigration, threatening the historical emphasis of ethnic homogeneity in both countries. On the other hand, in Nepal and Vietnam, the lack of opportunities and rampant inequality have caused citizens to view emigration as a source of hope for advancement. Over the course of this semester, Keiko Yamanaka has led students Annabelle Baker, Amanda Wong, Sophia Quach, and Ishani Ghosh to investigate this topic. Annabelle has mainly focused on South Korea’s Employment Permit System and its implications and impact on South Korean society. Amanda and Ishani have investigated the case of Nepalese emigration and its impact on Nepalese society and economy. Lastly, Sophia has investigated Vietnamese emigration to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Introduced by Professor Keiko Yamanaka.