Raising Multicultural Children in Japan: A Mixed Methods Examination of Parent-Child-Society Dynamics

Makiko Kuramoto, Teresa Koide, Tomoko Yoshida, Erina Ogawa

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Abstract

This paper examined the experiences of parents raising multicultural children in Japan by obtaining quantitative and qualitative data via an online questionnaire from 158 parents raising multicultural children in Japan. Our findings suggested that society, children, and parents influenced each other in an inextricable manner. While we found variables that differentiated the respondents’ experiences (e.g. children’s appearances, names, and personalities; and parents’ place of origin, language competence, gender, and attitudes), we also found common threads in their experiences (e.g. being “othered,” pressures to conform, language barriers, cultural differences, and benefits). Many wished for a more open and accepting society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-384
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 4

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • intercultural families
  • marginalization
  • mix-method
  • multicultural identity
  • multicultural parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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