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|Title:||Chinese language overtaking the Japanese language on the UIUC campus|
|Contributor(s):||Lenz, Rachel C.; Alms, Kasey; Kung, Brian|
|Abstract:||For our group project, we were interested in finding out if and why the Chinese language is overtaking the Japanese language here on the UIUC campus. Our group consisted of four researchers broken up into two language groups: Chinese and Japanese. Between our group, we conducted a total of eight interviews which helped us to find the answer to this question. Our first questions we used were quite broad so we decided to narrow our questions based on the answers we received on the first interview with the non-heritage advanced learners. After we narrowed our questions, our road to success and understanding of this language phenomenon helped us drastically in our final presentation at the EIU conference and final paper.|
|Course / Semester:||Anth 499, East Asian Youth and Global Futures, Prof. Nancy Abelmann and Prof. Karen Kelsky: East Asian youth have experienced perhaps the world’s most compressed development as well as the world’s most aggressive globalization policies. This course examines how youth in East Asia (China/s, Japan, and the Koreas) are making their way in our globalizing world, focusing in particular on the transformations in work, education, recreation, gender, and sexuality brought about by neoliberal economic restructuring in the region. Topics studied include the insecure job market for young people, consumerism, globalized pop culture phenomena such as Pokemon, the Korean wave, and Internet gaming, emergent LGBT communities, etc. Students are encouraged to focus their research projects on aspects of the U. of I. student life that reflect the experiences of East Asian youth in a global market. The U of I offers a fascinating window on East Asian youth because of the many college (and pre-college) students who make their way here – as well as the movement of “Amercian” youth to East Asia. Through participation in the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI), students will conduct local field research that reveals the global processes at issue. The course syllabus is available at: www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/ANTH499S08.doc|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2008-06-05|
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Globalization and the University
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