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*  Areas of specialization: Sociology, modern history of Japan

*  Research topics: Ainu-Japanese relations in modern Japan. It is a crossover of both sociology and history. My research interest is based on emergence and changes of ethnic-related problems accompanied by development. I also have broad interests in the majority/minority relations in modern nation-states, relations between migration and multiculturalism, effects and representations of development and modernization in the post-war period, etc.

*  Publications



What I am doing at GSID (education)

*  Seminar for doctoral students

<Research Topics of the students>

*  Vietnamese refugee families in Japan

*  Indonesian communities in Japan

*  Globalization of cosplay

*  Comparative study on perceptions of art brut

*  Perception of Japanese pop culture in India

*  Moroccan female migrants

*  Foreign Residents and community activities



*  Seminar for Masterfs students

<Research Topics of the students>

*  Migrants and their access to the universal healthcare in Thailand

*  Employment promotion of international students in Japan



*  Titles of doctoral dissertation and masterfs theses of my seminar students in recent years

<Doctoral Dissertation>

*  Identity Shifts in Ancestral Homeland: Migrant Narratives of Filipino Nikkeijin Workers in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

*  The Kona Coffee Japanese Community Experience on the Big Island of Hawaii: Formation and Change of a Rural Ethnic Community Focusing on the Issei and Nisei

*  Beyond Otherness and Marginalization: Filipino Transnational Migrantsf Socio-Political and Cultural Attempts to Reposition Themselves in gMulticultural Japanh

<Masterfs Theses>

*  Thailand Northern Hill Tribes through the Eyes of the Western World: A Discourse Analysis of Tourism Brochures

*  Cultural Nationalism in Japanese Cultural Diplomacy: Representations of Japanese Culture in International Youth Exchanges Programmes

*  Childrenfs perspectives of gender roles concerning housekeeping: effects from perceptions toward their parents (in Japanese)

*  Exploring Karen Studentsf Reactions to Thai Teachersf Immediacy: Effects of Intercultural Classroom Communication

*  Vietnamese Workers in Japan: Characteristics, Current Situation and Future Prospects

*  Multilateral Functions of Ceramic Industry in Seto City: New Efforts of a Traditional Industry (in Japanese)

*  Contemporary Colonial Constructs: Investigating the Perceived Effects of eColonial Mentalityf and eDamaged Culturef in Philippine Society

*  The Education Process of Brazilian Nikkeijin in Japanese Schools and Their Insertion into Japanese Society: the Case of Chiryu

*  Assistance for Refugees in Nagoya (in Japanese)

*  Management of Participatory Community Forestry and Participation of Residents: A Case Study on the Community Forestry Activities in Mondolkiri Province, Cambodia (in Japanese)

*  A Study on Advertisements That Deal with Social Problems: Taking Examples of United Colors of Benetton (in Japanese)

*  Transmigrating Asian Women and Care Work (in Japanese)

*  Creation and Utilization of hSelf-Relianceh in Eritrea (in Japanese)

*  People Who Choose gLong-Stayh: Focusing on Japanese gLong-Stayersh in Chiang Mai, Thailand (in Japanese)

*  Multiculturalism and Roles of NGOs in Canada: Focusing on Chinese Immigrants in GVRD, British Columbia (in Japanese)

*  Formation and Development of Action Groups and Environmental Ideologies in anti-Development Movements of Narmada Valley (in Japanese)

*  The Japanese Canadians in Japan

*  Tourism Development in the Angkor Archeological Area of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia


*  Overseas Fieldwork (OFW):

*  We visited Yogyakarta, Indonesia in September 2011.

*  Preliminary visit (in February 2011)

*  We will visit Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia in August – September 2012.

*  Lectures: gMulti-ethnic Societyh (spring semester), gInternational Labor Migrationh (fall semester)



Please email: higashimura[at]gsid.nagoya-u.ac.jp (replace [at] with @).