By Nanette Gottlieb
The dating among language and citizenship in Japan has often been considered as a hard and fast tripartite: ‘Japanese citizenship’ capacity ‘Japanese ethnicity,’ which in flip ability ‘Japanese as one’s first language.’ traditionally, so much non-Japanese who've selected to take out citizenship were contributors of the ‘oldcomer’ chinese language and Korean groups, born and raised in Japan. yet this is often altering: the final 3 many years have obvious an inflow of ‘newcomer’ financial migrants from quite a lot of international locations, a lot of whom decide to remain. the chance that they're going to practice for citizenship, to entry the advantages it confers, implies that citizenship and ethnicity can not be assumed to be synonyms in Japan.
This is a vital swap for nationwide discourse on cohesive groups. This book’s chapters talk about discourses, academic practices, and native linguistic practices which name into query the approved view of the language-citizenship nexus in lived contexts of either latest jap voters and capability destiny electorate. via an exam of key topics referring to either to novices and to an older team of electorate whose language practices were formed by means of historic forces, those essays spotlight the fluid dating of language and citizenship within the jap context.
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