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Immigration and Politics in the Caribbean
Japanese and Other Immigrants in the Dominican Republic
Valentina Peguero
Book excerpt:
"From White to Non-Black: A Change in Tone in Immigration Guidelines

Structured around contradictory notions of inclusion and exclusion in order to attract the flow of immigrants across the Western world, in the middle of the 1950s Dominican immigration policy began to change. To promote the country as an ideal place for immigrants, the government offered...free land, homes, and economic aid to immigrants. However, because other Europeans did not show any interest in the Dominican governmentt's offer (perhaps due to the negative experiences of the Spaniards, Jews, and Hungarians), the publicity strategy then was aimed at Asians.

The new strategy produced results; the propganda was well received by the Japanese press. The 'Asahi Shimbun' in Tokyo, for example, published several articles singing the praises of the country's natural beauty, the immigrants' opportunities for progress, Dominican hospitality, and the political tranquility that they would enjoy."
July, 2008, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP 4829, 326pp, with black and white photos, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-482-9
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