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

By Yuiko Fujita

In recent times, a good number of younger eastern were migrating to manhattan and London for the aim of accomplishing cultural creation in parts equivalent to dance, model, DJing, movie, and dad arts within the desire of "making it" as artists. some time past, this type of cultural migration was once constrained to particularly small, elite teams, resembling American artists in Paris within the 1920's, yet Cultural Migrants from Japan appears 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 may 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 12 months interval, Fujita examines how tv, movie, and the web effect this mobility. She demanding situations rising orthodoxies within the normal dialogue of transnationalism, demonstrating the disjunction migrants adventure among the pre-existing expectancies created by way of media publicity, and the truth of making and residing as a "transnational" artist partaking in an international community.Intersecting long term, multi-sited ethnography with rising transnational and globalization concept, Cultural Migrants from Japan is a well timed examine the rising shift in thoughts of nationwide identification and migration.

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I am working part-time now. Then my parents suggested I study abroad and get a master’s degree. (Fumiko, female office worker migrating to New York City, age 26) These restricted work opportunities constitute the most common problem among young people in Japan today. 3 percent in 2001. 4 percent among men of 15 to 24 years, making them the group most affected by the recession. 8 percent of new college graduates had full-time jobs in 2000. The high aggregate unemployment rate at the point for workers entering the labor market not only reduced the likelihood of workers finding full-time jobs at that time, but also reduced the quality of job matches and thereby increased likelihood of future turnover (Genda and Kurosawa, 2001: 465–88).

In Nicola Mai’s study of young Albanians’ migration to Italy, the interviewees, especially younger ones, tend to consider the possibility of leading a “modern” lifestyle, which is often associated with “to go out at night,” “to be completely independent from parents and general opinion,” “to be emancipated from a conservative mentality,” and, most of all, “to live together with their partner without marrying,” as key factors in the development of their migratory project (Mai, 2001: 258–59). In the case of the young Japanese in my study, “to be independent from parents” is also one of their reasons for migration.

I like Soul Food. I love black culture. . I spent two weeks in New York City. I had expected so much. My friends told me I shouldn’t expect so much because I would be disappointed. But New York City was exactly what I had expected! (Haruka, female dance school student, age 22) Similarly, Mayumi, Nana, and Rie also say: I think New York City is exciting. Everything is expensive in the city. People who love New York City go to the city. . When I have traveled there for the first time, I felt it was like a dream, as I was standing in the birthplace of hiphop, I was standing in the place which I have seen on MTV.

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