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Title: The in-between lives of Japanese immigrants in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Authors: Domínguez Mujica, Josefina 
Ávila Tàpies, Rosalía 
UNESCO Clasification: 55 Historia
Keywords: Japanese migrants
Sociocultural transnationalism
Aidagara (in-betweenness), et al
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: 0966-369X
Journal: Gender, Place, and Culture 
Abstract: Over the past 20 years, the theoretical frameworks of population mobility studies have undergone profound changes. The redefinition of the term diaspora, the rise of transnational analysis, the formulation of the embodied experiences of migration, the increasing interest in migrants' attachment to places, gendered expectations and transcultural processes have coalesced to enrich knowledge. This article explores the culturally mediated experiences of migration and the individual change processes among the members of the Japanese community that from the 1960s onwards settled in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), a meeting point for East and West in the Mid-Atlantic. In spite of its small size, this community displays some characteristics that afford new conceptual insights into cultural in-betweenness. Our aim is to contribute to the burgeoning literature on migrants' sense and ways of being and belonging and on their experience of return, within the analytical framework of diaspora and transnationalism. This article makes use of an interpretative approach, and contrasts relevant local news items and biographical interviews with Japanese residents with the narrative texts of three returnees. This contrapuntal focus reveals their ambivalent sense of belonging ‘here and there’, their in-betweenness or their lives in aidagara.
ISSN: 0966-369X
DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2012.737767
Source: Gender, Place and Culture[ISSN 0966-369X],v. 20, p. 896-913
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