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Media: Ainu Teaching Controversy at Hokkaido University, Japan

Submitter: Huamei Han

Submitter Email: huameihuamei@yahoo.ca
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Documentation
Discipline of Linguistics

Media Body: I'm sending this posting on behalf of Ryuko Kubota. Please see below.

Huamei Han

Times Higher Education published the following article about three
professors who were fired by Hokkaido University of Education for teaching
an indigenous language in Japan. A lawsuit is still underway. For more
information and support, please contact Ryuko Kubota.


Ryuko Kubota
Department of Language and Literacy Education
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia,
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4, Canada
Phone: 604-822-3950
Fax: 604-822-3154
Email: ryuko.kubota@ubc.ca
Issue Number: 20.3062
Date Posted: September 09, 2009

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