From outside in: The organizational life of a Chinese immigrant in Japan

Gracia Liu-Farrer*

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At the first sight of “(without tenure)” after my name in the Student Handbook’s faculty name list, I felt disbelief and humiliation. Haven’t I been hired on tenure track? Why do they have to put such a distinctive identification in ahandbook for students? No other full-time faculty member had such a qualifier following their name. I went upstairs to the administrative office to see Mr Utsuno1, the administrator in charge of the logistics related to my recruitment. I pointed at the parenthesized note and asked, “Is it necessary to indicate that I am without tenure? It is a bit awkward. ‘Without tenure’ soundslike I am a fixed-term hire, but I am an associate professor on a tenure track.’On tenure track’ is different from ‘without tenure’. Utsuno-san, patient and gentle as always, answered, “So sorry! This is the English translation the Department of Human Resources (jinjibu) uses for the Japanese term ninkitsuki (fixed-term hire). Probably it is not so appropriate.”Pausing for a while, he nodded, “You are right. Your employment condition is an administrative matter. We don’t need to include it in the brochure for students.”.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrossing Boundaries and Weaving Intercultural Work, Life, and Scholarship in Globalizing Universities
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317578802
ISBN (Print)9781138954182
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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