During my recent lecture about “Teaching language, teaching culture” at the Fujairah Women’s College, I spoke about English language teaching materials in Japan and the ways in which they constructed English-speaking culture as White culture, drawing on “A passion for English: desire and the language market.” After the lecture, a group of students, dressed in the traditional black abaya and sheila, came up to me and asked me about my personal experience of visiting Japan and shared their enthusiasm for Japanese culture. They were huge fans of Japanese pop culture, much more knowledgeable than I in that area, and were dreaming of going to Japan to visit or to further their education.
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