Using the Keio Grant for the Development of Academic Research, my research about Social Markers of Acculturation ("SMA") has advanced in two ways: 1. First, I completed an academic paper and a book chapter about which SMA Japanese people expect immigrants to master to be socially accepted in Japanese society and workplaces. 2. Second, I could develop and test a quantitative measure of acceptance in Japanese society and workplaces for migrants in Japan.
For #1 above, I completed a paper, "Constructing Who Can Be Japanese: A Study of Social Markers of Acceptance in Japan" which is now being reviewed for publication in an international journal. I presented this research at University of Oxford's Centre on Migration: Policy & Society (COMPAS) on May 16, 2019. I also have submitted a book chapter, "Global Education's Outcomes: The Role of Social Markers of Acceptance in Constructing Japanese Identity and Ingroup Boundaries," to appear in the book The Global Education Effect: New Borders and Identification Practices Around "Japan" (published by Routledge and edited by Neriko Musha Doerr and Gregory Poole).
For #2 above, I presented this research ("Validating A New Framework of Workplace Acculturation: Belonging and the Negotiation of National and Organizational Group Boundaries") at the International Academy for Intercultural Research's 11th International Biennial Congress, held at Shanghai International Studies University (July 9, 2019). Also, I recruited participants for a quantitative study to establish the validity and reliability of a survey designed to measure the two dimensions in my theoretical framework. This work included putting the survey online, collecting the data for over 200 participants, running numerous statistical tests, and analyzing the results. I have asked Eugene Teng at the National University of Singapore to assist me in this regard and have paid him an honorarium for his long, hard work.
I have decided to use my budget of 200,000 yen to pay for the airfare to London (for my presentation at the University of Oxford) and to pay Eugene Teng's honorarium.