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The Australian National University

Pedro Iacobelli Delpiano

PhD candidate

Thesis topic

Political migration history: state-led emigration programs to Bolivia in Japan and Ryukyu Islands in the 1950s.


Tessa Morris-Suzuki (chair), Brij V. Lal, Simon Avenell

My research

My research examines the genesis of the post-war state-led emigration movements that occurred in mainland Japan and Okinawa. It provides a theoretical model to understanding migratory projects organised by the sending state; and also, it contributes to the historical memory of mainland Japan and US occupied Okinawa in the 1950s. Built on multi-archival research conducted in Tokyo, Yokohama, Naha, Palo Alto, College Park and Canberra, this dissertation is located within the transnational historical approach to Japanese history and the new research on the determinants of international migration.

About the student

Pedro Iacobelli D. completed a BA in History with sub-thesis component at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, a BA in Education at the Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile) and a MA in Asian Studies at The Australian National University. He is recipient of the Chilean Government scholarship. His research interest includes migration history, post-war Japanese history and Asian-Latin American relations.


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