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Milla Mariella Susanna Heikkinen, MA, Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland

Future Attitudes Towards Japanese Families: The Stigmas that Impede Family Ideals 

"I am a second year East Asian Studies master’s degree student at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. I graduated in May 2017 with a BA in Global Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE, USA, where I have spent the majority of my school years after moving from Vantaa, Finland at the age of eight. Last summer I completed an internship at the Lincoln Asian Community and Cultural Center as the Grant Writing and Resource Development intern, where I learned valuable skills in working for a non-profit organization.

I am currently finishing my studies at CEAS by writing my MA thesis and planning to graduate in May. My MA thesis topic revolves around Japanese families and the attitudes toward family by the next generation of parents, as well as the impact of prevailing stigmas in society. The goal of my research is to figure out how the prevailing stigmas and society are preventing young adults from wanting to have children in the future and to acknowledge that the current government programs are geared toward today’s parents and not those of tomorrow."