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Growing Up in Multicultural Japan: Diversifying Educational Experiences of Immigrant Students

  • Tomoko TokunagaEmail author
  • Misako Nukaga
  • Fumiko Takahashi
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Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 46)

Abstract

This chapter explores diversifying educational experiences of immigrant students as they grow up in Japan, which is becoming increasingly multicultural in the past several decades due to the influx of immigrants. We provide a broad picture of acculturation patterns and diverging academic trajectories of the second-generation immigrants by presenting our own data analysis on Filipino youth. Then we explore some in- and out-of-school policies and practices that contribute to the educational outcomes of immigrant youth. Our analysis of multivariate educational experiences of second-generation immigrants suggests an increasing diversification within the immigrant population and a need to look carefully into the intersecting effects of various factors – ethnicity, class, gender, nationality, migration history – and an understanding of contexts that together shape students’ educational experiences. We also suggest the significance of social networks and local educational support on immigrant youth’s acculturation and academic achievement, given the lack of social integration and national education policies for immigrants in Japan.

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Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science [JSPS KAKENHI grant number 15K17387], [26285193].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomoko Tokunaga
    • 1
    Email author
  • Misako Nukaga
    • 2
  • Fumiko Takahashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of International CommunicationGunma Prefectural Women’s UniversityTamamuraJapan
  2. 2.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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