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Exploring Transnational Communities

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The volume chronicles the history and emerging trends of South Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese settlement in the Philippines, and describes how these foreign resident populations compare with early foreign inflows into the country. Koreans primarily come to the Philippines to establish or expand their businesses, study in Philippine schools, learn English, establish churches, and set up services and facilities that cater to the growing Korean communities all over the country. However, unlike other immigrant populations that have successfully assimilated into Philippine society, Koreans have minimal personal interaction with Filipinos. The Vietnamese refugee camp in Palawan, meanwhile, has evolved into a Vietnamese village called “Vietville” following unsuccessful attempts to resettle many refugees into a third country and refusal of these refugees to be repatriated to Vietnam. While the Vietnamese refugee community has been accepted by and coexists peacefully with the people of Palawan, moves to offer the refugees permanent residency have been stymied by their continuing aspiration to resettle in a Western country. Japanese settlements in the Philippines, on the other hand, may have been established much earlier than previously thought as indicated by Spanish historical records as well as archeological artifacts. Japan’s bleak economic condition in the early 1900s pushed more Japanese to migrate and settle in the country. The last chapter discusses the main features of the two landmark laws enacted in 2003, the Overseas Absentee Voting Law and Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Law, and issues and problems related to some of the laws’ provisions and implementation.

ISBN: 971-8514-26-0

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