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.

 

Weekly Schedule (Fall Semester 2017):

1. Introduction to Course: Minorities and Multiculturalism (Sept 27th 2017)

There are no required readings for this week.

Slides

2. Identity, Ethnicity and Race (Oct 4th 2017)

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

2. Weiner, Michael. 2009. ‘‘Self ‘and ‘Other’ in Imperial Japan’, in Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity. London and New York: Routledge. Pp. 1-20.

Recommended:

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

Discussion Questions due via email by 11pm the Monday before class.

Slides

3. Guest Lecture by Professor Joy Hendry: The Ainu: First Peoples of Japan (Oct 11th 2017)

Required reading

1. Siddle, Richard, 1997. ‘Ainu: Japan’s Indigenous People’ in Michael Weiner (ed.) Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogenity. London and New York: Routledge.

4. Multiculturalism and Japan (Oct 18th 2017)

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

Slides

5. Reading Review and Essay Preparation (Oct 25th 2017)

No Required Reading

6. Guest Lecture by Professor Hirofumi Kato: Multicultural Archaeology and the Ainu (Nov 1st 2017)

Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University

Required reading:

1. Kato, H (2014) ‘Indigenous Heritage and Community−based Archaeology’ in Okada, Mayumi and Kato, Hirofumi (eds.) Indigenous Heritage and Tourism: Theories and Practices on Utilizing the Ainu Heritage. Report published by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies

2. Kato, H (2010) ‘Living Archaeology for the Ainu in Hokkaido: An Interview by Hirofumi Kato.’ In Nicholas, G (ed.) Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists. Left Coast Press Pp 246-252

Discussion Questions due via email by 11pm the Monday before class.

7. Okinawa and Ryūkyūans (Nov 8th 2017)

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 11pm the Monday before class.

8. Guest Lecture by Professor Hyunjoo Naomi Chi: International Marriage Migrants and Domestic Care Workers in East Asia (Nov 15th 2016)

Assistant Professor in Public Policy School, Hokkaido University

Required reading:

1. Świtek, Beata. 2014. ’Representing the alternative: demographic change, migrant eldercare workers, and national imagination in Japan.’ Contemporary Japan 26(2): 263–280

Discussion Question due via email by 11pm the Monday before class.

9. Nikkei Brazilians (Nov 22nd 2017)

Required reading:

1. 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 11pm the Monday before class.

10. Zainichi Koreans (Nov 29th 2017)

Required reading:

1. Ryang, S (2009) ‘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. 62-80.

Discussion Question due via email by 11pm the Monday before class.

11. Reading Review Week and Essay Preparation (Dec 6th 2017)

No Required Reading

12. Guest Lecture by Dr. Christopher Bondy: Buraku Issues (Dec 13th 2017)

Required Reading:

1. Hankins, Joseph. H. 2012. ‘Maneuvers of Multiculturalism: International Representations of Minority Politics in Japan’ Japanese Studies Volume 32, Issue 1: 1-19

13. Being Hāfu and Multiculturalism (Dec 20th 2017)

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 Question due via email by 11pm the Monday before class.

14. Essay Preparation Week (Jan 10th 2018)

No required reading

15. Moving Beyond Multiculturalism as a Frame: Class Evaluation and Review (Jan 17th 2017)

Required 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