The latino culturescape in Japan
Source of Publication
Reyes-Ruiz discusses the community-building strategies of Spanish-speaking Latin American immigrants in Japan, arguing that a combination of processes—social exclusion; the pragmatic demands of socializing and survival in a multinational context; and the availability of transnational Latin American cultural products, images, and spaces in Japan—have led these immigrants to (re-)create a transnational Latino culture. Inspired by Arjun Appadurai’s conceptualizations of globalization and the different transnational flows integral to it, Reyes-Ruiz names this phenomenon the Latino Culturescape. The concept of the culturescape, he argues, “overcomes the limitations of traditional immigration research that focuses only on population flows. By paying attention to the impact of the transnational media and of transnational discourses, it also moves beyond the questions of nationality and ethnicity that have so far characterized the study of immigrants in Japan.”
University of Toronto Press Inc.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Reyes-Ruiz, Rafael, "The latino culturescape in Japan" (2005). All Works. 3506.
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