Transnational Community and Immigrant Incorporation in Japan and the U.S.

Special Four-Week Summer AIU-UCB PBL Course, 6/22 to 7/17/2015

In collaboration with the Akita International University (AIU), Akita Prefecture, Japan, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) announces a special four-week course from June 22 to July 17, 2015 to be held at UC Berkeley and AIU, Akita.  The course addresses international migration, formation of transnational communities, and immigrant incorporation rapidly unfolding in East Asia, especially Japan, in comparison with the immigration experience in the United States.  A total of four successful Berkeley applicants will join their four Japanese AIU counterparts to form a class for lectures and field trips in the Bay Area and Akita.  The funding for the course is provided by a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) that enables AIU to partially compensate the costs for participating Berkeley students’ travelling, lodgings, and field trips.  CJS encourages all Berkeley students of diverse backgrounds and fields who are interested to apply for this exciting international and comparative course in the summer of 2015.

The 2015 PBL course is second to the very successful 2014 PBL course, which focused on transnational family and community support.  It was offered from June 2 to July 11, 2014 for class of 11 students (5 from Berkeley and 6 from AIU).  They met in Berkeley for lectures and field trips in the Bay Area, and travelled to Japan for another field trips in Southern Akita where they conducted interviews with a group of Filipino women.  The participants wrote their research papers about these women’s experience of settling down, raising families and becoming “local” in rural Japan.  For more information, see Past Participant Experiences.

The Project-Based Learning (PBL) method is a comprehensive approach to instruction where students participate in projects and practice an interdisciplinary array of skills.  This proposed PBL course will provide opportunities to selected students from AIU and UC Berkeley for field-based learning experiences both in Japan and the United States.  


For questions: Contact Course Instructor, Keiko Yamanaka <yamanaka@berkeley.edu> or CJS <cjs@berkeley.edu>