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ERIC Number: EJ1012848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8477
Issues of Language Choice, Ethics and Equity: Japanese Retirees Living in Malaysia as Their Second Home
Stapa, Siti Hamin; Musaev, Talaibek; Hieda, Natsue; Amzah, Normalis
Language and Intercultural Communication, v13 n1 p60-77 2013
This paper will discuss two issues related to Japanese retirees adopting Malaysia as their second home. The first is that of the preferred language choice of the retirees. To collect data for language choice a self-report questionnaire was administered and an interview was conducted. The findings suggest that the majority of the retirees chose English for both informal and formal interactions in Malaysia. It may be inferred that they are not motivated to learn the local language although quite clearly that would facilitate intercultural communication with the locals. Based on these findings we examine the ethical considerations underlying their language preferences. We assume that they have positioned themselves as sojourners who have come to reside in Malaysia principally to enjoy their retirement, rather than as settlers. We have named this unique situation--"contemplation"--based on an observation of their emotional adaptation to the new environment since their personal needs are taken care of by Japanese agents or by locating a "little Japan" in Malaysia for themselves. The MM2H programme hosted by the Malaysian government focuses on economic aspects of the partnership and does not seek to provide intercultural opportunities or benefits which implicate issues of ethics and equity. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia