This course encompasses the study of racial/ethnic, gender and religious identity negotiations of Latina/o migrants both from theoretical literature as well as case studies. The many issues entailed to migratory patterns such as those of Latina/o migrants are examined through an interdisciplinary approach. The literature from the many disciplines involved in the study on these topics is vast, hence you are expected to be familiar with the main themes as viewed in class. The main goal of this course is to provide the student/s with the basic knowledge on the many issues present in the migratory pathways of Latina/o migrants to the U.S. and Japan.
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
- Be familiar with the different conceptions of racial formations and ethnic relations in the U.S. and Japan that provide the wider social context where Latina/o migrants incorporate;
- Identify the pivotal theoretical concepts that allow us to understand broader Latina/o migration experiences according to different geographical, social and historical realities; and Córdova Quero — Promised Lands and Immigrants
- Examine the particular experiences of race/ethnicity; gender; and faith present in the daily life of Latina/o Im/Migrants within the context of the U.S. and Japan.
As aforementioned, the literature on race/ethnicity, gender, religion, and migration is extensive, especially when those themes are examined throughout varied disciplines such as ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, migration studies, and religious studies. In this course we are able to just glimpse at the surface of the manyfold realities of the intersection of those axis. We will select representative authors from those various disciplines in order to understand the issues at best. By contrasting two cases of migration destinations, namely the United States and Japan, you will discover familiar trends as well as particularities that may guide you, either in further studies, research, fieldwork, or pastoral work, to understand the experiences of Latina/o migrants.
Japan and the United States share a relatively short history of modern Latina/o migration, around 30 years for Japan and around 150 years for the U.S. People from Latin American countries have intermittently migrated back-and-forth to and from them. In order to understand both situations, we will also pay attention to the of study historical migrations, especially in the Americas. However, the period studied in this class ranges mainly from the late 1800s to the present time in both cases.
The first section of the course will focus on general theoretical themes that cut across the course’s cases. It will provide you with tools to analyze the experiences of Latina/o migrants in general. The second section will focus first on the case of the United States and then on the case of Japan. We will also locate the particular understandings of race/ethnicity, gender and religion in every case in order to understand the nuances of identity negotiations of Latina/o migrants in both contexts. The third and last section of the course deals with commonalities and disparities among the two migration experiences as a way to provide for further reflection on glocal identity negotiations.