IJCH 2016 Vol.2(1): 19-24 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2016.2.1.031

Intercultural Moments: A Case of Peer Discussions among International Students in Japan

Keiko Ikeda
Abstract—When are the relevant moments for “interculturality”? Why do participants invoke, accept, and collaboratively develop them? When do they resist them? This study explores these questions by examining the case of foreign graduate students in Japan. It examines a series of group discussions held for a graduate seminar course in a Japanese university. The analysis of the discourse data shows that while moments of interculturality repeatedly appeared in their talk, these moments were invoked in order for the speakers to pursue trans-cultural social purposes. Put another way, while non-Japanese students invoked their foreign-ness in their talk, they did so en passant, not as an ultimate goal.1

Index Terms—Interculturality, conversation analysis, category bound activity, narrative, situated identity.

Keiko Ikeda is with Kansai University, Division of International Affairs, Japan (e-mail: osakakeiko@hotmail.com).

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Cite: Keiko Ikeda, "Intercultural Moments: A Case of Peer Discussions among International Students in Japan," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 19-24, 2016.

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