Immigrant communities face educational challenges in the 'motherland'

Saito, Akihiro (2011) Immigrant communities face educational challenges in the 'motherland'. LingAppl@ Quarterly, 2. p. 2.


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: LingAppl@ Quarterly is an on-line only journal. Published version available at publisher's link:
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 02:29
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: education; diaspora; applied linguistics; Nikkei; immigrant communities; South America; Japan
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education

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