International Migration and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Japan, South Korea and Singapore

  • Kwen Fee LianEmail author
Part of the Asia in Transition book series (AT, volume 8)


International migration has become a permanent feature of the high-performing economies of Asia. This is accompanied by increasing social and cultural diversity, which has become challenging for governments to manage. Government responses to multiculturalism are the result of both exogenous and endogenous influences. Although Japan and South Korea are essentially committed to monoculturalism, their policies on managing the influence of other ethnic groups differ. Singapore is exceptional because the country has a long history of multiethnic communities. In all three countries, domestic political circumstances are critical to the interpretation and practice of multiculturalism.


Migration Multiculturalism Japan South Korea Singapore Politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei DarussalamBandar Seri BegawanBrunei

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