This course introduces students to ‘multiethnic Japan’. Although Japanese society is often portrayed as
ethnically homogeneous, its members include diverse groups of people such as the Ainu, Okinawans,
zainichi Koreans, and various ‘newcomer’ immigrants. In this course, students will learn about
minority groups in Japan and their relations with the majority ‘Japanese’ population. The goal of this
course is to acquire basic knowledge and analytic tools to discuss issues concerning ethnic relations in
Japan and elsewhere.
Message to those taking this Course:
The class is conducted entirely in English. Much of class activity is devoted to oral presentations and
discussion. Students are expected to read the assigned materials beforehand and to participate actively
in the class.
Evaluation will be based on participation in classroom discussion (30%), presentations (20%), and
reading/writing assignments including a short essay and a term paper of 1,800+words (50%).