Indigenous in Japan? The Reluctance of the Japanese State to Acknowledge Indigenous Peoples and Their Need for Education
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This chapter explores the history and current situation of indigenous education in the Ryūkyūs, comparing it with the case of the Ainu, the only nationally recognised indigenous group of Japan. I investigate (1) how Japan has dealt with education for its indigenous population, and (2) how indigenous groups pursue their indigenous identities in the current Japanese educational system. Japan is often considered a culturally homogeneous nation. Educational policies reproducing the dominant ideology of a monolingual, monocultural, and monoethnic nation have played an important role in shaping the discourse of the largely invisible indigenous peoples in Japan. I conclude that educational policies in Japan need to provide choices and tolerance for indigenous peoples, for the sake of the indigenous peoples to have a real choice to be indigenous in Japan.
|Title of host publication||Sámi Educational History in a Comparative International Perspective|
|Editors||Otso Kortekangas, Pigga Keskitalo, Jukka Nyyssönen, Andrej Kotljarchuk, Merja Paksuniemi, David Sjögren|
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|MoEC publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|