The burden of social capital: Visa overstaying among Fujian Chinese students in Japan

Gracia Liu-Farrer*

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研究成果: Article査読

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This paper provides a sociological analysis of the student visa-overstaying phenomenon among Fujian Chinese immigrants in Japan. Since the mid-1980s, international education has been an important channel of migration from China to Japan. With the rapid increase of Chinese students in Japan, student visa overstaying has also become a major source of undocumented migration. Student visa overstaying is particularly visible among Chinese students from the Southeast coastal province, Fujian. This paper probes into this phenomenon by examining Fujian immigrants' migration network characteristics. It argues that the social capital that facilitates migration and secures the livelihood for immigrants can become a liability prohibiting them from achieving upward mobility in the host society. Fujian immigrant social network closure cultivates and maintains a norm that positively sanctions undocumented immigration and provides resources that make it difficult for Fujian immigrants to maintain legal status.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)241-257
ページ数17
ジャーナルSocial Science Japan Journal
11
2
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2008
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 社会科学(全般)

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