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How Nation-states Respond to the Impacts of Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in the Context of Globalization: Language, Identities and Multicultural Urban Educational Policies and their Implementation in India, Korea, Japan, and Singapore

April 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm



Globalization and increasing immigration have brought new opportunities and tensions to education in rapidly industrialized Asian countries. This one-day conference features five papers that were authored by distinguished scholars specializing in educational policies and institutional studies, curriculum and instruction, and teacher education. Their presentations focus on identifying challenges with ensuring equitable access to quality education for immigrants in urban India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore and intend to generate a discourse on several questions: How has immigration induced diversification in student populations in Asian urban areas in the past several decades? How have population changes escalated transitions and transformations in educational institutions? How have government officials, policymakers, and educators responded to these changes? To what degree and why are these policies and their implementation effective (or not effective), compared with their purposes and intentions?

Non-UNC Chapel Hill Faculty and doctoral students who need parking information, please email Nicole Neal at


9:00 – 9:30 AM Conference Check-in and a light breakfast with coffee/tea, croissants, muffins and fruits Fourth-floor at FedEx Global Education Center
9:45 – 10:00 AM Opening and Introduction of Presenters
Carolina Asian Center Interim Director Mr. Norbu
10:00-10:15 AM Welcome from the Dean of SOE Prof. Kathleen Brown, Associate Dean of School of Education
10:15 – 10:30 AM Conference Introduction –
Dr. Xue Lan Rong, Professor of Social Science Education, Sociology of Education, and International Education, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill Immigration and Multicultural Urban Educational Policies in the United States and around the World
10:30 – 11:00 AM Dr. Lin A Goodwin, Evenden Professor of Education, and Vice Dean at Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Ee-Ling LOW, Associate Professor Ee-Ling Low is Head of Strategic Planning & Academic Quality at the National Institute of Education, Singapore Education of all Children in Multicultural, multilingual, urban Singapore: The quest for equity amidst diversity
11:00-11:15 AM Break
11:15 – 11:45 AM Dr. Ji-Yeon O. Jo, Assistant professor of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Minseung Jung, Professor at National Open University, South Korea Rethinking Diversity in South Korea: Examining the Ideological Underpinnings of Multicultural Education Policies and Programs
12:00 – 1:00 PM Catered lunch will be provided for registered conference attendees.
1:00 – 1:30 PM Dr. Kaori Okano, Professor and Chair, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and President, Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA)
Educational responses to address diversity and social inequality in Japan: Programs for Immigrant Students
1:30 – 2:00 PM Dr. Insil Chang & Dr. Harim Ahn. Prof. Chang is a professor in Education Department, Gyeongin National University of Education & Dean of The Research Institute for Korean Multicultural Education Multicultural education in Korea: Past, present, and future
2:00 – 2:30 PM Dr. Nina Asher, Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA (
Identities and Cultures in Globalized, Postcolonial India: Implications for Decolonizing Curriculum and Pedagogy
2:30 – 3:00 PM Dr. George Noblit. Professor of Sociology of Education, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill Closing Comments


April 25, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map


Nicole Neal

The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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