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Monash Japanese Studies Centre Seminar

22 Nov 2017 12:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

From Neighbourhood Campaign to Civic Participation?

Community Activities of Japanese Immigrants in Sydney and Melbourne 

Yoshikazu Shiobara, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Law, Keio University

Wednesday 22 November, 12:30-2:00
Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium
, Faculty of Arts
12 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton Campus,
Monash University VIC 3008

Seminar to be followed by a light lunch

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Until the 1990s, Japanese community organisations tended not to actively participate in Australian multicultural policies. However, the tendency has changed and Japanese community organisations are now involved with Australian society through multicultural policy programs. As the involvement process developed in the late 2000s, some groups and individuals began not only to follow the policies but also to object to the failure of policies and to make their needs and requirements known to the government. In this paper I will examine the processes of transformation of community activities by Japanese immigrants in Australia. I will focus on some case studies in Sydney as well as an important example of civic activism led by Japanese immigrants in Melbourne.


Yoshikazu Shiobara completed his PhD in sociology at Keio University in 2004. He was a visiting research student at the Australian National University in 2001-2003 and conducted his postdoctoral research in University of Sydney from 2003 to 2005. His research interests are multiculturalism and policies for ethnic minorities in Australia, including intensive research on Japanese immigrants. He is also interested in issues related to foreign residents in Japan. His prominent publications are Bundan suru komyuniti (Hosei University Press, 2017), Bundan to taiwa no shakaigaku (Keio University Press, 2017), Tomo ni ikiru (Kobundo, 2012), Henkaku suru tabunkashugi e (Hosei University Press, 2010), Neo-riberarizumu no jidai no tabunkashugi (Sangensha, 2005).

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