Aki Yamada

Growing up in Japan and having been educated in both Japan and the United States, I have always had an ambition to help bridge the gaps between the US and Japan. As a Ph.D. student, my interests are the educational strategies among new Japanese immigrants, who are living in a transnational atmosphere, and how they raise their children in two different cultures simultaneously. Having the experience of teaching Japanese to minority immigrant children, mostly from Brazil, in Japan, led me to consider the importance of language. Additionally, meeting Japanese heritage language students from the US in Japan, I became curious to learn the motivations and methods of Japanese parents who educate their second–generation children to speak and write Japanese fluently.