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creator
Meñoza, Shikainnah Glow Dalumpines
subject
flexible citizenship
Japanese Filipinos
neoliberal values
transnationalism
abstract
This article examines the formation of flexible citizens embodied by Japanese Filipinos who were born in the 1980s and 1990s. Using flexible citizenship (Ong, 1999) as the analytical tool, the author explores the lived experiences of Japanese Filipinos through their experiences of flexible mobility, individual freedom and self-enterprising within the contexts of migration policies, nationality laws, family values and the job market. Based on an ethnographic study, this paper suggests that the flexibility of middle-class and educated1 Japanese Filipinos is embedded in the new possibilities and constraints created by the institutional structures of the Philippine and Japanese governments. They do not simply acquire the legal status to an imagined, developed Japan for higher social mobility, but rather their experiences are complex ways of acquiring legal status in one nation-state without completely cutting ties with another, while maintaining family and social group cultural values and accumulating different forms of skills within their constructed transnational arenas. This is the basis by which they then propel themselves into becoming employable in a globally competitive job market. Another form of mobility, in this case from Japan to the Philippines, is used by parents to impose disciplinary actions upon Japanese Filipinos. Flexible citizenship is thus a form of mobility for complex, sometimes contradicting, reasons constructed, negotiated and/or contested by Japanese Filipinos while continually transforming their subjectivity in the contemporary transnational context.
journal title
Journal of International Development and Cooperation
volume
Volume 26
issue
Issue 1-2
start page
79
end page
93
date of issued
2020-03-01
publisher
広島大学大学院国際協力研究科
issn
1341-0903
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language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
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application/pdf
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rights
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Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
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