Emma Cook degree icon

Associate Professor

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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Feel free to contact me at:

cook [at] imc.hokudai.ac.jp




Multiculturality in Hokkaido and Japan

The aims of this course are to explore multiculturalism and the diverse minorities that live in contemporary Japan. It is intended that students will gain an empirical and theoretical understanding of minorities, ethnicity, race, identities, and multiculturalism in Japan today.

All required readings are password protected and available for download. A list of recommended readings can be found on the syllabus. Please follow the directions given in class to access the readings. The essay questions are available here.

 

Weekly Schedule (Fall Semester 2018):

1. Introduction to Course: Minorities and Multiculturalism (Oct 3rd 2018)

There are no required readings for this week.

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2. Identity, Ethnicity and Race (Oct 10th 2018)

Required reading:

1. Burgess, Chris (2008) “Celebrating ‘Multicultural Japan’: Writings on ‘Minorities’ and the Discourse on ‘Difference’” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies. http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2008/Burgess.html

Recommended:

3. Said, Edward, W. 1978. Orientalism. Chapter 1: Knowing the Oriental Pp. 31-49

Discussion Questions due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

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3. Hāfu’ or ‘Double (Oct 17th 2018)

Required reading:

1. Uchio, Taichi (2015) ‘Japanese Filipino Children Between the Dichotomy of ‘Japanese’ and ‘Non-Japanese’: Challenging a Policy Distortion in Tabunka Kyōsei’ in Ertl, J et al (eds.) Reframing Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan. Kanazawa University Press.

Discussion Questions due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

4. Multiculturalism and Japan (Oct 24th 2018)

Required Reading:

1. Surak, Kristin. 2017. ‘At the Margins of Multiculturalism: Assessing Kymlicka’s Liberal Multiculturalism in Japan’. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23(2): 227-239.

Discussion Questions due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

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5. “The Politics of Identity in Japan” (Oct 31st 2018)

No required reading

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6. Guest Lecture by Prof Naomi Chi: “Too Foreign for Here, Too Foreign for Home: the Korean Diaspora in Japan”  (Nov 7th 2018)

Assistant Professor in Public Policy School, Hokkaido University

1. Ryang, S (2009) ‘Introduction‘ and ‘Visible and Vulnerable: The Predicament of Koreans in Japan’ in Ryang, Sonia and John Lie (eds.) Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan. University of California Press. Pp. 1-20 and 62-80.

Discussion Question due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

7. Reading Review and Essay Preparation (Nov 14th 2018)

No required reading

8. The Ainu: Hokkaido and Honshu (Nov 21st 2018)

Required reading:

1. Watson, Mark. 2010. “Diasporic Indigeneity: Place and the articulation of Ainu identity in Tokyo, JapanEnvironment and Planning A, volume 42, pages 268-284

Discussion Question due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

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9. Guest Lecture by Dr. Christopher Bondy: Buraku Issues (Nov 28th 2018)

Required reading:

1. Bondy, Christopher. 2010. ‘Understanding buraku inequality: Improvements and challenges.’ Contemporary Japan 22 (2010), 99-113.

Discussion Question due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

10. Okinawa and Ryūkyūans (Dec 5th 2018)

Required reading:

1. Allen, Mathew (2009) ‘Okinawa, ambivalence, identity, and Japan’ in Weiner, M (ed.) Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity (2nd edition). London and New York: Routledge. Pp. 188-205.

Discussion Question due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

11. Nikkei Brazilians (Dec 12th 2018)

Required Reading:

Tsuda, T (2009) ‘Japanese-Brazilian Ethnic Return Migration and the Making of Japan’s Newest Immigrant Minority’ in Weiner, M. (ed.) Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity (2nd edition). London and New York: Routledge. Pp. 206-227.

Discussion Question due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

12. Reading Review and Essay Preparation (Dec 19th 2018)

No required reading

13. Chinese Migrants to Japan (Jan 9th 2019)

Required reading:

1. Coates, Jamie. 2015, “Unseeing” Chinese Students in Japan: Understanding Educationally Channelled Migrant Experiences. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 3/2015: 125–154.

Discussion Question due via email by 5pm the Monday before class.

14. Essay Peer Reviews (Jan 16th 2019)

No required reading

15. Moving Beyond Multiculturalism as a Frame: Class Evaluation and Review (Jan 23rd 2019)

Recommended Reading:

1. Ertl, John and Paul Hansen. 2013. ‘Introduction: Moving Beyond Multiculturalism as a Framework for Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan‘ in Ertl, J et al (eds.) Reframing Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan. Kanazawa University Press

Deadline of Essay: 5 p.m. on Friday January 25th 2019