Migration and Diasporas
International migration raises issues in a range of fields like politics, economy, and morality because there is much at stake in both, the host and the sending societies. Among the notions used to deal with these migratory phenomena, those of "multiculturalism", "miscegenation" and "mixedness" occupy a more and more prominent place in the political and media discourses, and in everyday life as well. These notions, some of which are clearly a legacy of the influence of Western evolutionist theories of the second half of the nineteenth century, were rife in colonial societies but have flourished since then globally. Since they raise a great number of questions at the core of the analysis of difference and construction of alterity in societies we will analyze them critically in this panel by questionning the racializing process they underlie.
This interdisciplinary panel deals with the notion of crossbreeding and diversity in transnational perspectives, looking at Asian-European, inter-Asian and Asian-American experiences. We elaborate on the representations of the mixed individual body, the ethnicization of this concept, gender and diversity at different points in time and in different locations. We also examin questions of identity, law and power structures, related to assignments, claims, regulations / statutes in colonial, post-colonial or migratory contexts.
We will discuss these aspects in 4 papers. One will analyze personal documents of Dutch soldiers sent to fight to Indonesia between 1945 and 1950, many of them encountered mixedness for the first time in their life. The next paper will focus on the discourses on mixed children in women's magazines in Japan in the 1950s. Then, the politicization of conjugal space and the categorization of so-called mixed couples in Korea today will be examined, and the final presentation will discuss the representation of the Nippo-Brazilian population in Brazilian media.