Exploring the Characteristics and Potential of International Development Studies in Japan: Perspectives of Chinese Students (73903)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Edward Panganiban

Thursday, 23 November 2023 12:50
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In the past decade, there has been a significant expansion of knowledge sharing in the field of international development studies (IDS) by both Japan and China. However, little scholarly attention has been paid to the experiences of Chinese students studying IDS in Japan, despite their increasing presence. To bridge this research gap, we conducted semi-structured interviews with nine Chinese (former) students pursuing IDS-related majors at Japan's universities and are members of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID). By comparing and analyzing the experiences of these students from diverse backgrounds, we aim to gain a comprehensive perspective on the characteristics and possibilities of IDS within an Asian context.
Our findings reveal that IDS education in Japan is characterized by a lack of systematicity and contingency. Despite the intensifying competition in the realms of foreign aid and academia, Japanese IDS has not yet become a mere byproduct of geopolitical changes in the global order. The Japan-China relationship has had minimal influence on the study experiences of Chinese students in Japan. Instead, IDS in Japan emerges as a field that fosters self-reflection and reevaluation of the concept of "development" for Chinese students. The enduring trust established within the Japanese education system plays a significant role in facilitating the holistic personal development of students, positioning them as the next generation of knowledge producers.

Muyun Wang, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Jingyuan Wu, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Tingyu Hou, Ochanomizu University, Japan

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