"From Nikkei to 'Nikkei': Searching for New Approaches to Studying 'Nikkeijin'" is a workshop for students (both undergraduate and graduate), researchers and anyone else who is interested in 'Nikkeijin' studies. While most studies on Nikkeijin--that is, Japanese immigrants and their descendants--tend to focus on the various host countries where Japanese migrants settled, globalization and the increasing mobility of people in recent years has compelled us to re-think the very definition of the term 'Nikkeijin'.
This workshop will take into account these recent developments and is designed to approach Nikkeijin studies from a global and interdisciplinary perspective. In the course of this workshop, seven researchers (graduates and post-doctrals) will present their own interpretation of how the definition of 'Nikkeijin' is changing and the implication this has on the development of Nikkei studies going forward.
These scholars represent a variety of academic fields and have employed distinctive methodological approaches to their case studies. After the presentations, there will be a 'networking panel' in which everyone is invited to share information on issues such as research methodology, job-hunting, and study abroad opportunities. Anybody who is interested in Nikkeijin studies or interdisciplinary/area studies is welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there!
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