Makiko Deguchi


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Sociopolitical Issues in Language Instruction Teaching about Male Privilege in the Japanese Classroom more

Sat, Nov 13, 12:45-13:45 Asia/Tokyo

With so many students believing that women-only carriages during rush hour are a form of reverse discrimination against men, teaching about male privilege in today’s climate can be challenging. This talk will unpack effective ways in which we can introduce the concept of privilege and male privilege in a Japanese university course without raising defensiveness.

Makiko Deguchi

Sociopolitical Issues in Language Instruction What is Japanese Privilege? Privilege Construct in a Japanese Context more

Sun, Nov 14, 09:30-10:30 Asia/Tokyo

Is the ‘privilege’ construct effective in Japan? Does the North American construct of white privilege translate to a Japanese context? Returning to Japan after living in the U.S. for 14 years, the speaker will discuss how her positionality shifted from being a racial minority to a racial majority in Japan, and how teaching courses on privilege awareness in Japan led her to important revelations and challenges, with implications for social justice education in Japan.

Makiko Deguchi