1st Edition

Identities, Practices and Education of Evolving Multicultural Families in Asia-Pacific

Edited By Jan Gube, Fang Gao, Miron Bhowmik Copyright 2022
    206 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited book highlights the identities and practices of ethnically diverse families and schools in contexts where multicultural policies are not always a priority. In an era of globalization and ensuing population mobility, it places a focus on Asia-Pacific, a continent with diverse customs, populations, and languages, but grapples with what it might mean to be multicultural.

    The book features studies and frameworks that illustrate how minoritized communities engage with the diversity they live in and strategies in adjusting and adapting to their sociocultural environments, including practices that might support these efforts. This book represents initiatives and interdisciplinary scholarship from Japan, Hong Kong, mainland China, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan, which underscore the intersection of identities, cultural values, efforts, conflicts, and religions in making diversity work in their contexts. Collectively, these works make a unique contribution by invigorating debates on the flows and evolvement of cultural values and practices within and across families and institutions.

    This book will appeal to researchers, practitioners, and readers with interest in the current state of cultural diversity among minoritized families in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

    1. Cultural diversity in communities and schooling in Asia-Pacific
    Jan Gube, Fang Gao, and Miron Bhowmik
    Part I: Resettlement and identities
    2. Socializing strategies, family language policies, and practices: An autoethnographic study of a transcultural family in southwest China
    Ge Wang and Shizhou Yang
    3. Negotiating hyphenated identities in diaspora: Indigenous Chakma immigrants from Bangladesh in Melbourne
    Urmee Chakma
    4. Bhutanese refugees’ perspectives on the meaning of integration into Australian society
    Subhash Koirala and David Kember
    5. Navigating academic and career pathways in the era of neoliberalism: Educational trajectories of first-generation immigrant youth in Japan
    Yuka Kitayama and Kiyoko Imai
    Part II: Family and community resources
    6. Minority family and community resources: Funds of knowledge and university access and choice
    Fang Gao and Bob Adamson
    7. Inclusive parental involvement for multicultural education: A case study from Thailand
    Nongyao Nawarat and Nannaphat Saenghong
    8. Whole-community approach as a way to support Indigenous learners in urban areas in Taiwan
    Yulia Nesterova
    9. Exploring the education of international students in a Korean elementary School: The case of foreign-born students in Gyeonggi province
    Kyujoo Seol
    10. Community connections for equity and inclusion: Towards a research agenda
    Jan Gube, Miron Bhowmik, and Nicole M. Y. Tang
    Part III: Conclusion
    11. Family diversity in Asian contexts: Local multiculturalisms for new contexts
    Kerry J. Kennedy


    Jan Gube is Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr Gube has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, Australia.

    Fang Gao is Associate Professor at the Department of International Education, The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr Gao has a PhD from The University of Hong Kong.

    Miron Bhowmik is Assistant Professor at the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr Bhowmik has a PhD from The Education University of Hong Kong.