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During the 1980s, migration was understood in terms of the images presented in works like Oscar Handlin’s The Uprooted. More recently, our understanding of migration has been influenced by Rogers Brubaker’s works on diasporas and “diasporization”. The main element considered by Brubaker was the persistence of a cultural identity as a continuum from the point of departure to the point of arrival. Recently, the improvements in communication and technology have made spatial mobility possible, thus creating a need to review theoretical approaches to the history of migration. Until recent times, nation–states were considered the proper framework for the study of this phenomenon. Researchers show special interest in the impact of migration in socio-economic structures. Transnational practices and the uses of “ethnic markers” make us think about the cultural side of diásporas, government policies to preserve national identities, the goals of the migrant communities themselves and their experiences in the construction of ethnic identities of their own. We also consider the heterogeinity of Japanese culture and present the case of Okinawan culture. Lastly, we introduce the experience of Argentinians of Japanese descent in Japan and how they construct a new identity.
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