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#2401

Sociopolitical Issues in Language Instruction General Plenary Session

What is Japanese Privilege? Privilege Construct in a Japanese Context

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.