DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/vjsyw
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Robert Moorehead

Abstract: I argue that some Japanese elementary school practices, such as having foreign parents sign a loyalty oath and repeatedly questioning the parents about their migration plans, constitute an ethnic project that defines these parents as disloyal aliens who are unwilling to adapt to Japanese cultural norms. In response, the foreign parents limit their willingness to assimilate. Based on ethnographic fieldwork at a public elementary school in central Japan that has more than 50 foreign children, the majority of who…

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