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Japanese-ness, Whiteness, and the “other” in Japan's Internationalization

Japanese-ness, Whiteness, and the “other” in Japan's Internationalization

Japanese-ness, whiteness, and the “other” in Japan's internationalization
EtsukoFujimoto, • Southern Oregon University

During my early years at a graduate school, I was involved in many projects led by the English Language Institute (ELI) on campus. Knowing that I was from Japan, the ELI coordinators and teachers wanted me to help Japanese students who spend several months as exchange students and visitors. Every summer, the ELI welcomes various student groups mainly from Asian and European countries to provide the groups with opportunities to experience “American life.” The student groups spend a busy 4 to 6 weeks studying English, visiting various organizations of interest, taking trips to scenic places, and shopping. They stay in the residence halls on campus during ...

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