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Research

I am interested in the relationship between international migration and social inequality in both historical and contemporary contexts. As a Ph.D. Candidate at Brown, I am currently working on three projects:

1. Historical Japanese migration to the United States in the early 20th century [Dissertation Project]

Japanese migration to the United States took place in the late 19th and early 20th century. The goal of my dissertation project is to understand the social mobility experience of these Japanese immigrants and their descendants from a socio-demographic and multigenerational perspective.

For this purpose, I am combining, linking and analyzing multiple survey data from both Japan and the US, historical administrative records from Japanese internment camps and US decennial censuses.

My work is highly interdisciplinary by nature, and contributes not only to the literature on international migration in sociology and demography, but also to the literature on Japanese American history in the late 19th and early 20th century.

My work from this project is published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. I also have several working papers on this topic, which I hope to submit for peer-review in 2021 and 2022.

2. Socio-economic integration of second-generation immigrant children in the contemporary United States

More than one fifth of children under age 18 in the United States have at least one immigrant parent. The goal of my project is to understand the socio-economic adaptation of these children of immigrants from an early-life course perspective.

For this purpose, I am analyzing longitudinal observational data such as the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study 1998-99 (ECLS-K), the High School Longitudinal Study 2009 (HSLS) and Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study Survey (FFCWS).

My works from this project have been published or are forthcoming in Population Research and Policy Review, and International Migration Review

3. Immigrant integration in contemporary Japan

Japan is one of the largest emerging immigrant receiving states in Asia. However, the topic of immigration in Japan has often been neglected (by both policy makers and researchers) due to political considerations or indifference.

As a member of a research group (PI: Professor Kikuko Nagayoshi), I am conducting research on immigrant integration in contemporary Japan. In 2018, our research group conducted one of the first nationally representative social surveys of Japanese immigrants (by mail).

I have also been conducting research on educational attainment processes of children of immigrants in Japan.

My works on immigrants in contemporary Japan have been published in edited books from Akashi Shoten, the University of Tokyo Press and Routledge. I also have several working papers on this topic that I hope to submit in 2021-2022.

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