Promising Paradise: Whiteness, Nation-building and the Japanese Colonies in the Dominican Republic
- Monday, October 12, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- Taylor-Murphy History Building Swinney Room
Dr. Yadira Perez Hazel discusses whiteness, belonging, identity, and immigration in the Dominican Republic. During the 1950s, the Dominican government offered free land to Japanese immigrants to settle along the Dominico-Haitian border. This settlement was part of a nation-building project, which sought to distance Dominican national identity from that of its neighbor, Haiti. Global whiteness became localized in the Dominican Republic, allowing Japanese immigrants to become the Dominicans' white solution to its Haitian "black problem." Perez Hazel draws on colonial, geopolitical, and national histories, discourses, and symbolic representation to understand this national articulation of whiteness. Perez Hazel is a cultural anthropologist with the Center for Ethnic Studies, Borough of Manhattan CC-CUNY.
- Department of History and Public History Program, with support from the Common Experience, College of Liberal Arts, and Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Common Experience
- Academic, Lectures
- Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students