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Film and migration, East Asia

Migration A–Z


  1. Ruby Cheung

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm225

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Cheung, R. 2013. Film and migration, East Asia. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Human mobility has a long history in East Asia, but migratory processes in the region have never been simple. In the recent past, internal migration has occurred within each East Asian territory as a consequence of war, natural disasters, and people's hopes for better living conditions. There is also growing archaeological evidence for a history of migration between East Asian countries that started thousands of years ago. For example, migrations from China to Japan took place as early as during ancient China's Han dynasty (206 bce–220 ce). The mobility trajectories are further complicated by various trends of migrations, such as remigrations, return migrations from host countries back to source countries, and migrations in various directions in the East Asian region at different periods.


  • Asia;
  • empire;
  • colonialism;
  • labor;
  • racism