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Laws and Society in Age of Globalization Seminar: "Human Smuggling in the Age of Globalization: The Case of the Illegal Chinese Immigrants in the United States"

2015-3-21 (Sat) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In cooperation with the Graduate School of Law and Politics, The Global Collaboration Center is going to begin a new education program, "Law and Society in Age of Globalization," meeting the needs of a globalized era. This is a course developed from the current Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies called "The Studies of Judicial Interpretation and Translation."
Touching on key themes for new educational programs for law and culture, law and international cooperation, and law and language (Judicial Interpretation), the seminar series "Law and Society in Age of Globalization" will invite a topic presenter for each lecture so that students can have unfettered discussions about a variety of topics regarding 'law and society' or 'law and legal culture.'
Undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and anyone from high school student to senior citizen with an interest in participating in a forum where new things may be born rather than in learning new things are cordially invited to attend this seminar.

Seminar "Human Smuggling in the Age of Globalization: The Case of the Illegal Chinese Immigrants in the United States"

Topic presenter: Ma Xiaohua, Associate Professor, Osaka Kyoiku University
Transitional movement of goods, capital, and labor has become a taken-for-granted economic activity under globalization. Yet apart from sketchy records of criminal activities, cross-border exchanges through illicit means are hardly studied. This is particularly so when many ordinary citizens take advantage of the grey areas in unregulated transactions. While the scope and extent of such exchanges are believed to be extensive and sizable, there is a dearth of evidence for the organizations, transaction mechanisms, and processes of this shadow economy.

Transnational movement of labor through illicit methods - human smuggling - is a global concern, with a large number of countries affected by it as origin, transit or destination points. The process of human smuggling is still not well understood, stemming from the difficulties in observing, measuring, and precisely obtaining reliable data. The issue of Chinese human smuggling has been frequently mentioned, but scholarship has long ignored it, partially because illegal Chinese immigrants have largely been "invisible" due to linguistic and cultural barriers erected by the Chinese communities.

This research attempts to uncover the nature of Chinese human smuggling organizations and their operations. It aims to explore the inner structure of Chinese human smuggling networks in order to understand the essence of human smuggling. It also examines how illegal Chinese immigrants have been smuggled globally and how Chinese smuggling business has been operated. Since the United States is widely regarded as a main destination country for human smuggling, the focus is on the illegal Chinese immigrants in the United States.

This seminar will be conduced in English.

Unfortunately, translation services are not available.

How to apply:
There is no charge for attending this seminar.
Registration is required.
To register, send your name and the name of your affiliation to Entitle your email "Application for March 21 Seminar."
Onsite registration will also be accepted.

Date: 2015-3-21 (Sat) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University
Venue: GLOCOL studio, 3F, General Education Building, Toyonaka campus, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

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