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Education, and educational research, for and by indigenous peoples
I have been working with the Ainu people of Japan now for 15 years on the possibilities for developing an Ainu educational system. Unfortunately, restrictions at the administrative level have made the implementation of such education nigh impossible. As a result, my research has focused on tangential matters; identity formation, cultural transmission, factors influencing positive self-ascription, the Ainu rights-recovery movment. Since becoming employed at Hokkaido University, I have been trying to broaden my research efforts into effectual intercultural understanding relating to the Ainu people. In 2012, I was also responsible for a major Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs survey on the status of transmission of the Ainu language. From 2014, I worked to establish a working group on Ainu Indigenous knowledge under the auspices of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science grant.
MA Cross-Cultural Studies, Univerisity of Alaska Fairbanks, 2005; PhD (Education) Kyushu University School of Human-Environment Studies, 2012. Research Administrative Assistant, Kyushu University, 2009-11. Specially Appointed Asssociate Professor, Hokkaido University Research Faculty of Media and Communication, 2012, Associate Professor, 2013; Professor, 2019.
American Anthropological Association, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Graduate School: Theory of Ainu Indigenous Education