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Finding a foothold in Australian society: case stories of young Koreans learning Japanese
E. L. M. Lovely1,2
1Showa Women's University, Japan; 2The University of Queensland, Australia
The benefits of bilingualism and bicultural competencies gained by overseas education have been well-documented. However, the advantages that can be gained by studying a third language such as Japanese in an English-speaking country have not been considered. In this presentation I examine case stories from my PhD research investigating 11 young Korean students who moved to Australia between 2000 and 2008 to study English during primary and secondary school. A number of these students undertook Japanese language study in Australia. I demonstrate that Japanese language study enabled these students to carve out for themselves a place in Australian society.