Multiculturalism in Japan: An Analysis and Critique
AuthorLee, EJ; OLSEN, J
Source Title国際学研究 [Kwansei Gakuin University Journal of International Studies]
PublisherKwansei Gakuin University School of International Studies
University of Melbourne Author/sOlsen, Jesse
AffiliationBusiness & Economics
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsLee, EJ; OLSEN, J, Multiculturalism in Japan: An Analysis and Critique, 国際学研究 [Kwansei Gakuin University Journal of International Studies], 2015, pp. 9 - 22
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The topic of multiculturalism is receiving growing interest in Japan, but fundamental misconceptions about the cultural diversity of Japan and the nature of multiculturalism pose powerful barriers to the realization of a multicultural society. In this paper, we analyze these misconceptions and present an overview of Japan’s attempts at dealing with minority groups, with particular focus on Zainichi Koreans as a case in point. We also explore the insights that can be gained from mainstream scholarship on acculturation, as well as how the Japanese context might similarly inform acculturation theory. Finally, we present a few basic recommendations based on our analysis.
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