Attitudes to English Study among Japanese, Chinese and Korean Women Motivations, Expectations and Identity
This edited book comprises chapters integrated around a central theme on college-educated Japanese, Korean, and Chinese women’s orientation to English study. The collection is composed of two parts: (1) East Asian women’s motivation to study in the West and (2) East Asian women’s dream to use English as a career. The first part discusses their international migration as facilitated by factors characteristic of East Asian nations (e.g. middle-class women’s access to advanced education and yet unequal access to professional career) and other factors inherent in each nation (e.g. different social evaluations of women equipped with competitive overseas degrees and English proficiency). The second part sheds light on the dreams and realities of East Asian female adults who, having been avid English learners, aim for "dream jobs" (e.g. interpreters) or have few other career choices but to be re-trained as English specialists or even as Japanese language teachers working abroad. This collection is suitable for any scholar interested in the lives and voices of young educated women who strive to empower themselves with language skills in the seemingly promising neoliberal world that is, however, riddled with ideological contradictions.
'What Kobayashi has done here captures the variety of experiences of Japanese, Korean and Chinese women who are or were learning English. The collection explores their motivations and the shifts in their sense of themselves as new English speakers. It’s important reading for English language teachers everywhere as well for scholars and researchers in the field.' - Allyson Jule, Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute, Trinity Western University, Canada