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INTRODUCTION – Changing one’s world view: the potentially transformative power of Asian language(s) and culture(s)
Learning an Asian language can serve as a bulwark against rising nationalism and xenophobia.
Fitting in at last? Learners of Japanese as community language in search of belonging and legitimacy
JCL learners need to be recognised not as problems but assets with the potential to become a bridge between Japan and Australia.
The common promotional discourses of ‘employability’ and ‘international trade’ related to Japanese language learning do not reflect learners’ motivations.
Learning Asian languages is about much more than trade and employability and universities should convey this
Australian universities should play an important role in articulating the educational value of foreign language learning beyond the ‘employability’ discourse.