Earlier this year, fourth year language education major Mikiko Saigo was awarded ¥188,000 via the JICUF Student Travel Fund to conduct her research project “Teaching Japanese as a Foreign/Heritage Language in Canada: Ethnography and Interviews to Reconsider the Approaches.” Mikiko traveled to Canada from June to September, and the JICUF grant covered her airfare.
On December 1st and 2nd, JICUF and UNHCR Japan co-hosted a symposium at the International House of Japan in Tokyo entitled “Supporting Refugees in Higher Education: Japanese Models and Next Steps.” Close to 80 participants including representatives of Japanese universities, NPOs and government agencies participated to discuss existing programs for supporting refugee students and to explore ways to strengthen collaboration among institutions.
Ms. Tomoko Ishibashi graduated from ICU in June 1991. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, and joined the second ICU reunion in Toronto in November. She shared her “ICU story” with us.
In early November, the JICUF Grants Committee reviewed proposals submitted by ICU faculty and students and approved fourteen projects: five from faculty, nine from ICU students. JICUF provided a total of ¥4,450,820 in funding for these projects.
JICUF Executive Director Paul Hastings traveled to Turkey in early October to conduct interviews for the 2019 finalists of the Syrian Scholars Initiative. Here is his report.
Mr. Atsushi Suzuki, a 2004 graduate, was transferred to New York in September 2014. He has been attending events organized by the Alumni Association NY Chapter, and kindly cooperated with JICUF’s summer program, Global Link New York, in 2017. We asked Atsushi about his time at ICU and how it has impacted his life.
Anastazy Maletz is the first recipient of JICUF’s United States Scholars Initiative (USSI) scholarship. This merit-based scholarship provides full-tuition support for four years of undergraduate study at ICU. Anastazy matriculated at ICU in September, and we asked him about his experiences at ICU so far.
Mana Yamagata, a fourth-year Literature major, received a ¥474,500 grant this spring to plan a Modern Dance Society (MDS) performance. This fall, they invited New York-based choreographer and ICU alum Kensaku Shinohara and Taiwan-based dance group Seed Dance Company to ICU to put on a collaborative performance. The ICU × Taiwan × New York Dance Project: “Woohi Chung” (meaning “five minutes” in Chinese) was performed four times in the West Wing of the Diffendorfer Memorial Hall (known as the “Shin-D”) from September 18th to 20th. We interviewed MDS members to learn about their project.
Twelve members currently serve the JICUF Board of Trustees. Dr. Jacqueline Wasilewski, who taught Cross-Cultural Communication at ICU for 18 years from 1990 to 2008, is one of them. She was interviewed by her colleague Anne Love.
Fourth-year ICU student Michinori Suzuki received a JICUF student travel fund of ¥651,800 last fall to conduct two research trips to Hokkaido. Michinori majors in linguistics, and we asked him about his research on voiced plosives in two Japanese dialects.