During The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2014, Dr. Joseph Haldane, President of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), spoke to Professor Kuniko Miyanaga, Founding Director of the IAFOR Language Research Institute, about how identity and personality can change when a new language is learnt.
About Professor Kuniko Miyanaga
Kuniko Miyanaga is a cultural anthropologist and linguist and works on questions of globalisation, identity and language. She has taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan (1974-2002), and from 2005 she joined the faculty at Tama University, as a Professor of Anthropology, also serving as Dean of the School. Professor Miyanaga is the founding and current Director of the Human Potential Institute NPO, as well as the founding director of the IAFOR Language Research Institute. She has taught for periods abroad at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and was a Fulbright Scholar at St Michaels College, VT. USA. Professor Miyanaga has also been a Visiting Scholar at the universities of Boston, Harvard, and Stanford in the USA, and Oxford in the UK through the Japan Foundation.
Photography by Thaddeus Pope, IAFOR Media.