East Asian Diaspora in Latin America

A Transnational History

event banner for East Asian Diaspora in Latin America event with speaker headshots

In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, the GW East Asia National Resource Center, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the GW Institute for Asian Studies, the GW Department of Sociology, and the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute are glad to host a timely discussion on the topic of the histories of East Asian diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Transnational migration between East Asia and Latin America has been occurring for centuries, particularly since the trade of slave and indentured labor across the Atlantic and Caribbean. The oftentimes unsung history of East Asian diasporic communities in Latin America is one marked by geopolitical and geoeconomic pressures, discrimination and confusion, adaptation and resilience, and citizenship and nation-building. This event brings together a panel of experts to call attention to the transnational histories of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities in the Spanish Caribbean, Central America, and South America.


  • Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, Ethnic Studies, and American Studies, Brown University
  • Taku Suzuki, Associate Professor in International Studies, Denison University
  • Rachel Lim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M


Hiromi Ishizawa, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, GW


This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be recorded and made available on NRC platforms after the event.