The International Gender and Language Association conference at Tsuda College, Tokyo, kicked off yesterday with a panel about Working Women on the Move organized by Kimie Takahashi. The three papers on the panel explored the intersections between gender, language and migration in three different work contexts in Australia. Kime Takahashi drew on data from interviews with Japanese flight attendants working for an Australian budget airline to show that they were hired because of their bilingual skills and to embody “Asian hospitality.” However, that meant that they had to do much more emotional labor than their white monolingual counterparts while at the same time also having less change of being promoted.
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