This paper examines how community arts in Sydney, Australia, have created new narratives of multiculturalism, focusing on the everyday diversity found in Sydney's disadvantaged western suburbs. These narratives respond to the post-9/11 demonization of western Sydney and its multicultural communities, particularly Muslim and Arab-Australians. In contrast to the largely symbolic multiculturalism of the gentrified inner-city, western Sydney-based artists argue that theirs is a genuine, living, and breathing multiculturalism. This paper provides a case study of Information and Cultural Exchange, a community arts organization that has contributed to the rebranding of Western Sydney as a cosmopolitan hub, brimming with untapped creativity and the untold stories of multicultural Australia.
As a result of an increase of migrants in Fukui, a rural city of Japan since the 1990s, migrant youth have increased through the settlement of permanent residents and through international marriage. However, when migrant youth attempt to use digital media to potentially foster their relationships with the local community, the ‘Japanese only' environment can discourage them to make use of it for creating and extending their social networks in Japan.
In 2011, a two day farm-stay camp in Fukui with four migrant youth was organized as a research project. Various locals, such as media artists and migrant support professionals supported migrant youths and helped them create a digital media production. I conducted both participant observation and interviews with participants to understand the ways in which these migrants and local Japanese interact with each other through the use of digital media. This paper explores two key questions. First, I examine how digital media can be employed for community engagement between migrant youth and the local community and how it can help them achieve cultural citizenship. Second, this paper examines how local Japanese participants perceive their attitude-change process in real encounters with migrants in Fukui through the use of digital media.
This paper is both a review of the discussion on gender politics in the Soviet Union and Russia, as well as an attempt to examine how such politics have affected women's lifestyle, their ideas on marriage migration and the strategies they use to migrate. It is based on in-depth interviews with women from former Soviet Union countries living in Japan.
Using survey data from 564 Japanese workers, we investigate whether family-to-work facilitation (F →WF) influences employee creativity. We also examine the moderating effect of job autonomy and centralization on the relationship between F→WF and creativity. The results show that F→WF, job autonomy, and centralization displayed significant relationships with employee creativity. In addition, the moderating effects of job autonomy and centralization are found. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.
This paper explores public open space as a platform to strengthen social capital networks and, in turn, support the regional social innovation system. Design, location and user perception were found to be central determinants in attracting and retaining users for social capital development.