Immigrant communities face educational challenges in the 'motherland'

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Saito, Akihiro. 2011. "Immigrant communities face educational challenges in the 'motherland'." LingAppl@ Quarterly. 2, pp. 2-2.
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Immigrant communities face educational challenges in the 'motherland'

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AuthorSaito, Akihiro
Journal TitleLingAppl@ Quarterly
Journal Citation2, pp. 2-2
Number of Pages1
Year2011
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://www.lingappl.com/vol-2-page-2.html
Abstract

In Japan, most educational discourse in recent years centres on reforms and their effects upon academic achievement, well-being, and future prospects of lives of youth in the context of chronic economic uncertainty (Gordon, Fujita, Kariya, & LeTendre, 2009). On the other hand, the situation recent immigrant communities are facing is being largely neglected except for charges of crime and related social problems (cf. Kobayashi, 2010). In particular, the educational challenge combined with language barriers and cultural differences that they face is passing mostly unnoticed outside the school. In this article, I wish to open up and bring to the attention of a wider audience (who do not share Japanese language) this issue pertaining to language, migration, and education as it relates to Japan. The article presents the background of the issue, and provides an illustration which I hope may give rise to more discussion on how linguistic research and applied linguistics may contribute to unravel the complexity of this issue, which may be similar but distinct from that in Australia.

Keywordseducation; diaspora; applied linguistics; Nikkei; immigrant communities; South America; Japan
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470211. Migrant cultural studies
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
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LingAppl@ Quarterly is an on-line only journal. Published version available at publisher's link: http://www.lingappl.com/vol-2-page-2.html

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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