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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Julia Lange

Japanese Studies
Since March 2008
(PhD Students, March 1, 2008 - February 28, 2009)
  • Multilingualism
  • Intercultural education

Abstract of research project

Working title “Migration-Language-Integration? Peruvians in Japan”

The dissertation investigates how the degree of fluency in Japanese of Peruvian migrants, many of them being of Japanese descent, in Japan has an impact on their integration into Japanese society.
In this context, it is crucial to consider the historical and sociocultural circumstances related to migration between Japan and Peru.
For a successful integration into a new society, aspects such as attitude toward education and toward the host country play an important role. In this context, the dissertation deals with the frequently quoted, but nowadays also controversly discussed, ‘disadvantage theory’. According to that theory, migrants inevitably experience discrimination in the new country resulting in their children performing poorly in class in comparison to their non-migrant peers.