In order to understand the health experiences of Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) of English in Japan, I conducted ten in-depth interviews with native English-speaking ALTs in Japan. Throughout the interviews, ALTs expressed strong privacy concerns, perceived violations, and ways in which they managed privacy boundaries. Through reflexive thematic analysis (Lindlof & Taylor, 2002), I utilized Petronio’s (1991, 2000, 2002) Communication Privacy Management theory as a lens to make sense of ALTs’ privacy management. ALTs not only identified private information they concealed from their supervisor and coworkers, potential resources of assistance, but they revealed factors that influence their privacy boundary management choices as well as actions they take in order to ensure privacy.
"Tales of Gaijin: Health Privacy Perspectives of Foreign English Teachers in Japan,"
Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research:
Vol. 11, Article 3.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope/vol11/iss1/3