Throughout this semester, our Japanese program has been successful to bridge our students with the Japanese community at Emory. MBA students and their families, researchers at the Medical School and Yerkes, and students at Public Health participated in our programing by coaching job interviews and serving as speech contest judges and class guests. In addition, they offered their generous time for 10 students of JPN402 to conduct individual interviews to share their experience on the Tohoku Earthquake and discussed their views on the Fukushima disaster and Japan’s energy policy. To show our appreciation, about 25 people got together on April 18 and shared a more personal side with dinner. Japanese guests commented highly about our students language skills as well as their ways to see the current issues around Fukushima. We hope to have this support and engagement for our students from the Japanese community next year!
Time flies! We will have the last day of classes this Tuesday, December 10 and then have the final exams to complete this fall. We cannot wait to head home to celebrate the holiday season. As you know, January 1st is the biggest Japanese holiday with various New Year’s foods (Osechi), New Year’s parties (Shin-nen-kai) and New Year’s Cards (Nenga-jyo). As in the past years, our students created their own Nenga-jo this year! Some of them will enter the New Year’s Card Contest organized by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese. We will see who will win the contest!
Miyake Harumi sensei, our new teacher for 2013-14, created a supplementary video for the TE-form. Since flash cards are built-in, students can practice how to make the TE-form orally while watching it. The TE-form is very important in building up structures and we hope that Miyake sensei’s video will help students to master the TE-form. She will create more videos later, so please stay tuned!
On Monday October 28, the Japanese program and the Japanese Culture Club (JCC) held a joint event “Sushi Night” in Few Hall. About 70 students participated in the event to learn Japanese table manners as well as a little history of Japanese Sushi. We welcomed Mr. Noguchi, a local sushi chef and each participant made their own California rolls with step-by-step instructions from Chef Noguchi and the leaders of JCC. For the first hands-on experience, many students were able to make amazingly beautiful rolls! Most students took pictures of their own rolls, enjoyed eating them, and took a picture with Chef Noguchi. This event was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Emory College Language Center.
Andres Oliver is the recipient of the Excellence in Language Studies award in Japanese. The ceremony was held on April 29, 2013. Andres started Japanese from scratch at Emory and went to study abroad in Kyoto with a prestigious Bridging Scholarship. He is a double major in Japanese and Creative Writing. He received highest honors in his thesis and Summa Cum Laude in Creative Writing. He is one of the fortunate students to be chosen for Salman Rushdie’s class this semester. His language skills and in-depth knowledge of Japan are truly among the best in our program. Omedeto! Oliver san.