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Latin America and Asia

Fall 2018 | Volume XVIII, Number 1

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

First Takes

What Connects Two Worlds Apart?

What Connects Two Worlds Apart?

For much of my academic career, I’d focused on the faraway lands of Europe. But then, about eight years ago, I acted on an impulse to expand my research horizons to the even farther away…

Bridging Asia and Latin America

Bridging Asia and Latin America

Academics, journalists and popular authors are writing more and more in recent years on the interconnections between Asia and Latin America. Asia specialists, Latin America specialists and…

The Diasporas

From Vendedor to Fashion Designer

From Vendedor to Fashion Designer

English + Español
Korean immigrants in Latin America are shaping and developing fashion economies there. Upon arrival, Korean immigrants to Argentina and Brazil may have been lonely, isolated and confused…

Japanese Peruvians

Japanese Peruvians

Like many Americans, I knew that 120,000 ethnic Japanese had been held in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. But I had no idea about a secret program that had kidnapped…

Revisiting Circles and Circuits

Revisiting Circles and Circuits

Chinese migration within the Caribbean began in 1565 with the Spanish Manila galleons, or La Nao de China—which sailed from Manila to Acapulco and created an imagined China within…

Fried Rice and Plátanos

Fried Rice and Plátanos

In November 1968, two food critics for New York magazine enthusiastically announced the arrival of a new cuisine in town: “Probably the only benefit that has been derived from the U.S.-

Growing Up Chinese in Uruguay

Growing Up Chinese in Uruguay

When the Dutch liner S.S. Boissevan docked in the port of Montevideo in March 1953, it brought my family all the way from Hong Kong to settle in Uruguay. There were eight of us, my father…

One Day We Arrived in Japan

One Day We Arrived in Japan

In 2003, when I was an undergraduate at Harvard, I started studying the fascinating history of Japanese migration to Brazil and the more recent Brazilian migration to Japan. Brazil has the…

Nikkei Latin America

Nikkei Latin America

Japanese people and their descendants have been part of the Latin American ethnoscape for more than a hundred years. People of Japanese descent whose “home” countries are elsewhere…

Trade Ties and Beyond

Dragon Mart Cancún

Dragon Mart Cancún

The anti-Chinese rhetoric was unmistak-able: “[The Chinese] are a dirty people…They come and they bring their whole family…They occupy the area and it ends up being an invasion because

New Pirates in the Caribbean?

New Pirates in the Caribbean?

English pirates trolled the Caribbean five hundred years ago seeking the best plunder for the British Crown. Spanish colonizers of the Americas shipped the gold and silver from this region…

China-Venezuela Relations

China-Venezuela Relations

In the spring of 2012 researchers from China’s biggest Latin America-focused think tank, the Beijing-based Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at the Chinese Academy of Social…

Made in China 2025

Made in China 2025

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“Made in China 2025” (MIC 2025) is a national strategy announced by the Chinese State Council in 2015 to develop and consolidate China’s manufacturing industry to convert it into a world power

Filling the Infrastructure Gap

Filling the Infrastructure Gap

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Much has been made of China’s remarkable inroads into Latin America over the past two decades, and with good reason. In 2017 alone, China exported $140 billion in goods, spent about…

Development in Northeast Asia

Development in Northeast Asia

English + Español
I’ve been studying northeast Asia—mainly China, Japan and South Korea—for the past four decades, and I’d like to share with ReVista readers what I consider to be the principal differences…

Cross Currents

How to Think Globally

How to Think Globally

The Hollywood action film Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro and released in 2013, features the Pacific as an abyssal gateway through which alien monsters from another…

Building Bridges

Book Talk