Valentina Peguero

Valentina Peguero is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of History of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She obtained a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, New York City (1993). Peguero’s publications include Colonización y política: los japoneses y otros inmigrantes en la República Dominicana, (2005); and Inmigración and Politics in the Caribbean: Japanese and Other Immigrants in the Dominican Republic (2008).

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Japanese Immigration in the Dominican Republic

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs estimates that in October 2013 about 800 people of Japanese descendants were Dominican citizens and an additional 873 residents were Japanese citizens. In all 1,673 Nikkei were residing in the Dominican Republic.

A mostly mulatto nation, the Dominican Republic is racially and ethnically a heterogeneous society. Adding to the heterogeneity, between 1956 and 1959 over 1,500 Japanese moved to the Dominican Republic. The presence of Japanese immigrants in the Dominican Republic is unique. According to The 1989 Japan Statistical Yearbook, of all Caribbean nations, the Dominican Republic is the only one in ...

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