Graduate Student Forum
Japan’s Path to Multiculturalism: What We Can See from Early Childhood Education and Care Centers
- Tuesday, 19 January 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
- Zoom Meeting
- Yuki Nagae Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
- Kenneth McElwain Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
- Event Description
This study looks at one Japanese preschool in an area that has historically been home to people from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. Using children’s names as a key point of inquiry, it examines how people interpret “culture” and attempt “co-exis-tence” in their daily lives. There are two reasons I consider preschools. First, preschools are community centers that build relationships with local residents through child-raising. Second, preschools are institutions which provide early-childhood educa-tion and childcare to develop children’s social skills.