journal 5

These two weeks in the United States were so exciting and useful for me. This is the first time to visit to America and to speak with the native speakers who are the same age. So before I left Japan, I was very worried whether the word could be understood and communicate. But the assistants were very kind and funny. If I couldn’t understand what they said, they explained with the easy-to-understand words.

This program is the best curriculum that makes it easy to know about American culture and history. For example, in the morning lecture the teacher talked about the races, then we discussed the topic and asked the teacher. In the afternoon, we went to the slave trail. In this way, we acquired knowledge of the topic and by discussing in the dialog class it is possible to solve the question. In the afternoon activities, I was able to think about how history was handed down to the present, and I was able to deepen my understanding.

What I felt at first when I arrived in the US, everything in the city is large and clean. Because the road is wide, there are few traffic jams and there is nothing to hit by a passing parson. Most buildings were lower than two stories. I felt that they used the space extensively.

I was surprised that there were many museums and almost museums were no admission fee. I felt that this tells the importance of keeping history in the memory of many people and inheriting it. Although the history of the United States is short, it has been moving a turbulent history that it changed dramatically and faced various problems every time a revolution occurred. I was wondering from what viewpoint they looked back on history, because various races are mixed in the United States. I thought that the government wanted many people to know the history, but I was wondering how the museum is established without entrance fee.

The new impression I have with Americans is that they are tolerant of failure. In the discussion, there is a tendency that Japanese people have the idea that they have to make remarks that will make discussions progress. Therefore, they usually speak only when a good idea emerges or when there is some opinion. On the other hand, even when there is no particularly good opinion, American people basically speak something.

I guess what affects the psychological difference that Japanese people tend to synchronize with others than Americans. Most of the people living in Japan are Japanese, and a few people such as Ainu people have been discriminated against historically. It is strongly conscious that belonging to the majority is a good thing. Therefore, it is unfamiliar to say opinions different from people. In America there are various races, and historically there is reflection on racial discrimination. So they can accept people of various values, and each one has a firm opinion of their own. Thus, native speakers were more tolerant what I said.

In the past I thought I had to speak English with correct grammar and vocabulary and I felt a sense of resistance to speaking English. In a conversation with native speakers for two weeks, there has been no fear of having opinions or arguing differently from people. I realized the importance in the discussion. It is also important to say whether you agree or disagree with other people’s opinion.

Prior to joining this program, I thought that I would like to work in a workplace where only Japanese work, just because I am not good at speaking English. However, even if I live in Japan, there are many opportunities to use English. English is not a problem good or poor, but it’s indispensable as a tool for conversation. From now on, I will learn to use English as one means, not fluent and correct English.

I am especially full of gratitude to Daniel. He is very smart and kind. No matter how difficult the task was, he explained it clearly to important points. He has a lot of knowledge and I was able to absorb new knowledge each time he spoke. He took us to various kinds of restaurants and shops. He was going out with us until late at night. Even if our members were chased by the time of preparation’s preparation, he encouraged us who were impatient and excited the place by saying interesting things. I could not finish our presentation without he, nor enjoyed for two weeks.

In these two weeks, I could learn English skill and American culture even outside class hours. I really appreciate all of PAs and CIs. I will keep learning English and I want to go back to the US and meet them someday.

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First of all, the most impressive thing for me is we can see a bunch of various Americans who come from other countries everywhere in America, in other words, immigrants. People who I was involved in have permanent rights to live in American but their families are from Cuba, Italy, Malaysia and Ireland. When I asked one of them or read a book about immigrant, they said that historically immigrants had no choice but to struggle with getting a job, and obtaining a green card in order to make it in the US. However, I think that the present America is supported by immigrants in terms of national power, such as business. On the other hand, a majority of people in japan are just Japanese, so they tend to stand out when they are on the street. To make matters worse, there is possibility that they would be bullied when they are so young. I learned that Japanese people should be generous with other people in a daily basis regardless of foreign tourists.

Second of all, one thing I would like to learn is how Americans think of the present president of the United of States of America. I am a neutral position toward him. Fortunately I could interview some Americans about the US politics in Washington D.C. and Arizona, because the former is known for liberal, and the latter is famous for conservative. One professor and my our staff always told that one of reasons why American people are divided into two groups is people living in cities have academic backgrounds like bachelor or master degrees so they have many flexible viewpoints about politics. In the meantime, people who live in countryside are uneducated, I mean they graduate from their high school not colleges, so they are impacted by their parents or friends in terms of their ways of thinking about politics. Other famous reason is more half of Americans are sick of traditional politicians so they want the president who has no political background alter American domestic situations at once. That’s why Donald Trump was elected. However, I would like to know other reasons why he was elected or won and people support him so far. In my view, he cannot manage his country skillfully compared to the past presidents.

Finally, what I was so surprised at is American students work very hard. Compared to Japanese students, Americans are much willing to learn everything in the universities. It is said that one of reasons is educational differences between Japan and U.S.A. all Japanese students have to do is study hard in order to be accepted by high school and colleges with one written exam. In addition, it is much easier for Japanese students to graduate and get a job if they enter a prestigious university than Americans On the other hand, Americans are selected by the holistic exams so they have to maintain high grades, volunteer, and do club activities when they are high school students. Besides, I think that American freshmen focus on their studies even though Japanese freshmen are apt to forget their studies in general. In fact Japanese students don’t stay the library to study compared to Americans. We have to learn their attitudes toward studies.

I am planning to study abroad in America next year for one year. I want to learn cutual differences again!

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Jornal5

Through the CCC program, I learned a lot of important things to understand cultural differences between the US and Japan.

First of all, the reason why I decided to join this program is to learn about English. I wanted to improve my English skills in a short time because I cannot be absent from the practice of cheer-dancing a long time. Therefore, I chose this program that has many elements of education such as lecture, presentation and the opportunity to speak English. Two weeks has passed since I came back to Japan. Now, I realize something in my heart was changed. Before I went to the US, my field is only Japan and I thought I will work for Japanese at Japan. After I came back, a whole new world may open up to me. I can realize the world around me is too small to know the entire world and I could believe my possibility with confidence.

My perception of the US changed before and after the program. Before I joined this program, I did not know about the US very well. I thought the US do not have any problem about equality because it is the symbol country of the liberty. Also, I thought American people do not have to make effort to maintain the equality. After I joined this problem, I learned there are some problem about liberty.

The most valuable things I learned was the segregation problem still remained in the US. In the lecture, professor told us widely and deeply knowledge about diversity of the US, especially racial segregation and LGBTQ. Now, there are many segregation problems in the US, however Americans try to keep effort to solve the problem and they continue to find what I can do to understand each other between black and white. The most important things I learned are attending the vigil for Charlottesville. That kind of gathering is not common in Japan. I was impressed by participant’s acting such as sing a song about equality.

In the world, Japan is known as the symbol of peaceful country. So, we believe in we are happy, all of Japanese people are equality and there are not segregations in Japan. Therefore, we do not realize that there are people who are suffering in Japan. So far, I had not thought about segregation in Japan. This experience is valuable opportunity to think deeply about segregation and I want to be a person who can help those people.

Things I had still like to learn about the US are intersectionality. Actually, there is not Japanese word that fit the meaning of “intersectionality.” Therefore, I interested in this word. In the dialog classes, intersectionality is related with social standing. I have never thought such things, so the idea of “intersectionality” is new for me. Also, I want to keep learning about politics of the US. I think I will able to realize any problem about politics of Japan to know about politics of the US. There are many differences between politics of the US and that of Japan. To compare these two systems and problems, the way to solve all problem of Japan will be clear.

As noted above, I expected this program to improve my English skills. However, I could learn not only English but also the knowledge of the US. I really appreciate all of PAs and CIs. I will keep learning English and I want to back to the US someday. I promise I will try everything with confidence I got through this program.

 

 

 

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Journal 5

We have been back to Japan for half of month. I still remember what happened in America.
In August 3rd, after 15 hours’ flight and 3 hours on bus, we arrived at William& Mary University’ s dome. And then we started our special trip for 17 days. The first day, I met my roommate, Lilin. She is a Chinese and a very kind person. Even I stayed up at night sometimes, she never became annoyed. When I had trouble, she always listened to me and gave me advice. Once I talked to her about my worries and it was kept until 1:30. In fact, she usually went to bed before 12 a.m, but that night she kept awake and gave me advice until I felt asleep.
Then we started our life in America. In order to let us know more about the college, PAs gave us a campus tour. My favorite spot was After tour, our group then went to Aromas, a cafe in merchant square. It became my favorite restaurant in Williamsburg then. I really liked sandwich there. It was delicious, cheap, but big. The bread and cheese were really nice and I thought it could be the best sandwich I had eaten.
There is no clear line to separate American food and other foods. Hamburgers, fried potatoes, sandwiches, you can say all of these things are American food. Even it is hard to say what is American food, it may be easier to describe American food: eventually big, sweet and high calories. We took a lecture about American food’s history. The professor said that since in the past, workers didn’t have enough time to have lunch and because of heavy work, they need enough energy from their lunch. This might be the reason that why American food has such features.
Once, we learnt about blues and at that day’s night, we had a dance party. I hadn’t danced for 12 years and it was my first time to take part in a dance party. I felt nerves for dancing, but what was nice was that there were teachers teaching us about some simple dance. I still remember “chicken dance”. It was a quite funny and even a little stupid dance. It was too simple to remember and all of us really loved it.
It might be usual for American to hold a dance party to welcome new students. Since it must be a good chance to know lots of people. But in Japan, there is no party for new students. We will have some events when we first come to our campus. However these events are not for us to make friends with each other, but in order to let us know more about university. So Japanese usually be shy and nervous when they take part in dance parties or other events like that.
After 2-weeks’ work with focus group, we finally made our presentation on August 12th. During this work, I learnt much about generational diversity in America. Before I searched for some information about it, I never thought that even in American families, parents restrict children well. They do most of living arrangements for their children and like most Asian parents, many American parents value honor. But most American teenagers value freedom and fun, so that’s why there is generational diversity in American families.
After presentation, we had a chance to go to Washington D.C to have a short trip. There are many kinds of museums in Washington D.C. And I really like National Natural History Museum. There are many kinds of animals’ specimen and I could learn about human’s history in the museum. Another really interesting museum was International Spy Museum. It showed lots of goods that international spy used during WWI and WWII. Spies were not like what I thought before. They were not so cool, even did many simple things. However, they were more dangerous than anyone else, and most of them might not be known to most people.
The life in Washington D.C was quite fun. And in there, I firstly ate Greek food. I tried “yero”, Greek sandwich, with beef, tomato, lettuce and special sauce( looked like yogurt sauce in a soft flat bread. It was really nice and I could eat a lot of vegetables. Since I really love sweets, I went to Cheesecake Factory. What I really want to say is cheese there was really really nice. And I thought cheese macaroni must be the best. Of course, cheese cakes there were delicious too, even they were the sweetest cakes I had eaten. And in my spare time, I went to a bookstore,. It was a quite different place, because there was a bar behind the bookstore and people could go there directly after buying books.
In the last day, we had a party and talent show. I will never forget PAs’ “KOI” dance, which was really famous in Japan last year. I will never forget Lia and Kate’s dance. I will never forget every CI’s tears. Now I put presents from Chris and Julia on my shelf and it will remain me not forgetting these days.
I am glad to meet my cute PA, Julia. She was really cute and always pouted to me. And she really helped with my work during preparing for presentation. In fact, it was Julia who helped us to decide our argument for generational diversity. And I really want to say ” Thanks” to Chris, my CI. He was really kind. When I was finding some books easy to read in the bookstore, he gave me much advice and helped me to find. And the chocolate he told me was so delicious that I bought much before I came back to Japan.
I hope I can have time to go to Williamsburg again and see all of you again!

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Journal 5

Through the CCC program, I found some cultural differences between American and Japanese, but I was surprised that there were a lot of similarities between them. Before I went to America, I thought that American lives are completely different from Japanese, and that we cannot find the differences in detail without going to America. When I go to a restaurant, how I order? When I want to buy a drink from a vending machine, can I buy it? This is my first time to go to foreign countries, so I don’t know anything. I could only imagine about the foreigner’s life. However, I could buy something in America as same way as I buy anything in Japan. This is just a example, but I found some cultural similarities between American and Japanese.
We focus on Individualism and Collectivism in our focus group presentation, and I think most Japanese young people tend to adjust themselves to major culture. However, this tendency is just a part of Japanese young people’s culture, and I do not think all Japanese people tend to do like that. Actually, some Japanese people want to have their unique identities and to show them. For example, some young Japanese girls like musicians who are not popular. They like listening to music written by unpopular musician, and this preference is a part of their identities. They are called “Sub-culture girls/boys” in Japan, and I guess they would like to live in Individualism society. In other words, they keep their identities based on their consumption. They want to be cultural minorities so they buy any unpopular musician’s CDs. Yet I am not sure that this is correct example which expresses that there are some Individualism aspects in Japan because I do not know they buy same CDs in Individualism society. They might want to escape from excessive Collectivism society, but I do not know they want to live in Individualism society. Even though this is not a correct example, the existence of Sub-culture girls/boys may express the fact that some Japanese people want to have a unique identity. Also, American think about their identities definitely. This is a similarity between some Japanese and American. However, there is a difference of thinking about identity. American know about their identities and their own histories. In Japan, we sometimes talk about our identities or our histories or our social class, but American talk about them in their everyday life. Through talking with American students in this program, I felt this difference.
In the lectures and Dialogue Class, I learned about the struggle for getting civil rights a lot. We saw this problem from some perspectives (Racism, Gender and Sexuality, Politics, Religion, Citizenship, and so on). When I studied about them, I learned about the root of American thinking. They put importance to individual, and generally, they do not force someone to anything. In Japanese collectivism, I feel that we are always forced to adjust ourselves to majority by someone. Even when we chose free day activity from some choices, I remember that Japanese students talked with each other and decided. So it was natural that almost all of students chose one choice (Yorktown Beach). However, American students was surprised that this result (because they live in Individualism society). I think this is a part of cultural differences.
Personally, I prefer American Individualism society than Japanese one because I think there is a freedom. I guess there are also some difficulties to choose their own way when they live in the society, but I would like to live in freedom. I would like to study more about Individualism and Collectivism, and to learn American ideas about that.

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Journal5

Through this program, my image against the U.S. is changed. At the first image, I thought that American people like to machine-gun talk and they dislike the wrong English, and due to of the image, I was a little bit anxious to speaking English. However, in America, there are various people and they get different education. Therefore, they do not care about how to speak and the grammar than I had thought. Moreover, they tend to listen carefully to what I say, and reply quickly. This is one of surprise things for me. Second, the diversity makes strong influences on their lifestyles than I have thought. When our focus group went to restaurant to eat pizza, I surprised to see the build system. People can choose various cheese, meal, and vegetable, and they make the favorite pizza through this system. In Japan, most people only choose menu and enjoy eating. People do not need to choose their flavor, and cook makes effort to make delicious food menu. Therefore, I found that American diversity has strong influences on their lifestyle even their food, and that is the second point that my perception changed.

Regarding the most important things, I learned that American people put emphasis on their history. During walking the Slave Trail in Richmond and visiting Washington D.C., I saw many monuments and museums, and I realized that they respect and understand the history. On the other hand, in Japan, some people do not seem to respect or understand history, because they have to learn history only in order to pass the entrance examination. Not only that, I found that American presidents also respect the history and most of them like to reading books. When I visited the Library of Congress, I found that the presidents of America, especially Thomas Jefferson, really understand the history and they gain some schemes from the history. Therefore, what I learned as the most important thing through this program is their attitude toward history.

After finishing this program, I have interest in education in the US. Before taking part in this program, I heard that American students have to discuss after lectures. If some of the students do not say anything in the discussion, they are regarded as negligence. During this program, I realize that American students can easily say their opinions, questions and additional explanation about the lectures. Interestingly, not only that, I found that they read much more books than Japanese students, and the university also has a lot of books. In Japan, most students focus on learning the contents of the lectures and they do not like reading books. Through this summer program, I realize the American education makes the students reading a lot of books, and I want to learn about American education.

Interestingly, I found the difference of souvenirs as a cultural observation in the US. During this program, I was looking for some stores, which sold some cookies or chocolate as souvenir for Japanese friends or my family. However, in the US, most stores for souvenir did not sell cookies and chocolate, which is famous and favorite for Japanese people, but sold key ring, watch, book, T-shirts, Mug, and so on. Through this experience, I found that American people like different and various things as the souvenirs while Japanese people like cookies, chocolate, and some local food as the souvenirs. This is an interesting cultural observation for me.

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Journal5

About 1week passed since I came back to Japan. I recall a lot of memories in Williamsburg and Washington D.C. I have so many wonderful experiences there and I miss all people who made all of them with me.

Before I participated this program, I had been to foreign countries only to travel. This

program was the first opportunity for me to study using English. Of course I had studied English for a long time, but I realized the real difficulty to tell what I thought in English precisely.

Doing research and making the presentation, I felt that difficulty real the most. At first, my group (Focus Group2) made the presentation about the contrast between Bukatsu    system (Japanese high school sports) and American high school season sports system.          But we found that it cannot be contrasted simply by one thesis statement. I almost did not have the idea of a thesis statement actually, so I found how important a thesis statement is. We realized that we had to find a new thesis statement that can be logical and make sense completely. After many times of arguments, I came up with the idea of comparing “team sports” in America and Japan. This idea was our conclusive topic of the presentation. I learned how important to voice out my opinions, concerns or questions during group works by this experience. I think I could not get this in Japan. I learned one more thing during focus group work. That is what is important is how enthusiastic to do our presentation is linked to how much listeners are interested in. When I did presentations in Japan, to do that was no more than the work to get a credit. But through the focus group work, I realized that presentation is the important and meaningful way to what I learn and find. It is important to make it clear and logical, and speak clearly not just read when presenting.

Each lectures everyday were also meaningful for me. We learned a lot about America. “What is locale?”, “gender and sexuality”, “race relations”, “music”, and so on. To my surprise, “race” was connected almost every lecture. I noticed that still racial problem takes root in America. My PA, Ravynn is an expert in this field. So she told her real experiences to us. I was so impressed about those stories. I would still like to learn about this. Though it is a matter of course, there are many differences between America and Japan. I had already known about this before I came to this program, but it was significant for me to see what it is really like in America.

Field trips also impressed me deeply. Colonial Williamsburg, Slave trail, Jazz performance, Williamsburg outlet, so many experiences I got. The Slave trail was the most striking for me. I was shocked to see how harsh the slave’s lives were. Sightseeing in Washington D.C. gave me many precious experiences to me. I got the feel of the central city of America.

I learned a lot thorough this program, but not only that, I was also enjoyed the short stay in America. I am more interested in differences between America and Japan than before. This program let me to study about cultural differences between a country and country, not only between America and Japan. I am so excited to study about that in my college days. And I hope to visit William&Mary again.

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Journal 5

I would like to write here about activities and results during short-term studying abroad. We did mainly three activities, presentation and its preparation with focus group, some lectures which was held by the local professors and discussions with dialogue class to deepen our understanding of the lectures, and fieldwork with PA and CI and activities in free day to learn the American cultures in person.

My focus group’s theme was “cultural difference of service industry between Japan and the USA”, and we prepare for the presentation by many times discussions and visiting the local restaurants such as Starbucks in order to feel the difference of customer service in person. Looking back on it now, it was a good experience that we cut down on our sleep to prepare for the presentation.

Every lecture was very useful to know about the American culture, so they were interesting for me. Sometimes, I couldn’t quite catch what they said, but I could understand the lectures on the whole by making use of the knowledge of world history which I had studied for entrance exams. After the lectures, we had a question and answer session in dialogue class and you reviewed the lectures thoroughly, so I could deepen my understanding of the lectures. However, in my class, there are the girls who have high- English skills, so I hesitated and was bitterly disappointing not to able to speak well in front of them. However, I am sure that it was one of precious experiences to find that there are many people around me who have much higher-English skills though they are Japanese and this fact makes me raise my motivation to improve my English skills.

Also, we could not only know the American culture as the knowledge but also feel it in person through the activities in free day and events with PA and CI, and I am sure this is one of the biggest benefits in this program! For example, soon after we learned “Race Relations in the US”, we went Slave trail in Richmond and I slightly understood the negative emotions of slaves (such as their fear, despair, and grief) by walking the same way which slaves had walked at that time. In addition, soon after we learned “American Music”, Jazz concert and Dance party was hold and I experienced the part of American music culture. In free day, I could also find the various differences between Japan and the US by traveling around the Washington D.C. and interacting with the local people (ex. until I visited the US, I had the stereotype which racial discrimination is still left in the American south such as Virginia. That is because the American south had approved the slavery until they lost the Civil war. However, many local people greet me with a smile and speak to me friendly on the street, even if I am not white people.) Both Tokyo and Washington D.C. are the capital cities in each country, but the atomoapere, the public peace, and population density between Tokyo and Washington D.C. are very different: Tokyo is more densely populated city than Washington D.C., but the number of homeless in Tokyo is much smaller than that in Washington, D.C. Unlike Tokyo, the Washington D.C. is usually unsafe and is not the most prosperous city in the USA. Also, the way of the customer service towards the passengers are very different: unlike the station staff in Japan, that in the US don’t watch whether every passengers get in the train, so the door shut heartlessly even if passengers are halfway through getting in the train.

  It was difficult for me to speak English in public place (ex. Dialogue Class), but I enjoyed talking with the local students actively. I feel that the reluctance to speaking English has been significantly reduced through this program. In addition, through this program, I could deepen my understanding of different cultures and acquire the courage to speak English without fearing failure and the motivation towards improving my English skills, and also made precious memories and friends. I hope to see everyone again.

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Journal 5

In this journal, I’d like to discuss two unique features of American culture, which I found through the visit to Newseum and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The first thing to note is that the free press has played a significant role in assuring the democracy and has been honored and respected. You can see this from the 45 words of the First Amendment, writ large on the front of the Newseum. It inspired me long after my visit to Newseum and made me realize that freedom of speech and press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble cannot be achieved without the accumulation of effort by predecessors who once fought for it.

Nowadays there is growing concern about the rise of fake news, which is primarily spread on the Internet through the sharing of online articles on social media, thanks to the development of the Internet. Undoubtedly, it has negative impacts on the society, such as influencing elections, but curbing it may have the potential to impede free speech online and threaten the freedom of the press. This is very controversial, and I hope some measures like creating the website where people can easily detect whether the news is fake or not should be taken by the neutral party, not by the government.

On the other hand, it seems that journalists in Japan are less responsible for providing fair, accurate information. We have to admit that Japan was accused of eroding press freedom and suppressing the debate over the Fukushima nuclear accident and the country’s stance on World War Two, by the UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression. As Philip Graham, a publisher of The Washington Post, said, “Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” I suppose that people have a need to know and journalists have a right to tell, so it is critical to raise public awareness of press freedom.

Another notable feature of American culture is the country’s embrace of the past. I was shocked to find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands among the lofty monuments in Washington D.C.’s National Mall. Considering the Vietnam War as one of the most punishing and protested wars in American history, its design was also meaningful. It is a V-shaped wall of polished black granite sunken into the ground, engraved with the names of nearly 58000 American servicemen. It is quite dissimilar from traditional war memorials which show patriotism and heroism gloriously rising from the ground. I consider this as the country’s fundamental strength, which makes it possible to accept criticism and embrace anyone who has different views. As for the Anti-Vietnam War Movement of the 1960s, the emergence of television was a game changer. The graphic news footage from Vietnam brought horrific images of the reality of armed conflict into living rooms for the first time. As the media made the experience of war more real to the people, the protests occurred throughout the nation, combined with the Civil Rights movement.

In conclusion, these two remarkable features of American culture are closely connected, such as valuing a free press and the embrace of the past. I believe they are what makes America unique and influential in the world. I wouldn’t have been able to find these if I hadn’t been to America and seen them for myself, so I really appreciate having wonderful opportunities in America.

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Journal 5

I had many experiences with wonderful people during I stayed in America. Through this program, I changed my perception of U.S. dramatically. For example, people who related with me through this program was so comprehensive. Not only CIs, PAs but also lecturers.  I was glad that they tried to understand what I wanted to say enthusiastically.  This program taught me a lot of things from various perspective about culture and so on.  Some framework lectures and dialogue classes was difficult for me.  However, Ari, our dialogue class members, PAs helps me to understand about that. Especially, racism and ethnicity gave me some hints to make our team’s presentation.  Thank them for giving me a priceless experience. Studying is fun in the true meaning.  Next if I have chances to help for somebody to learn about what I am studying, I want to help actively.  Usually, I didn’t think about ‘culture’ any more.  As I learned about American culture, I noticed that we had no knowledge about Japanese culture.  I learned racism and discrimination in textbook in Japan, but in fact, I noticed that these problems have been serious, when I walked down the Richmond.  I knew the cruelty of slavery.  What kind of feelings did they feel when they walked down the street from river to place where they were sold?  At the same time, I felt happiness being alive now.  How much is good our environment?  This tragedy should be told people who don’t think about that any more.  Maybe I think knowing the past history make our life enrichment.  Thinking about that, we think much of daily life.  I want to know more history in various places not only America but also European etc.  I think that it is important not only to study abroad but also to study Japan.  Therefore, I should learn more about unique culture and tell something about Japanese culture in detail to foreigners.  Then I can more connect with many people in the world. 

One of the most important thing I learned is diversity.  In America, there are a lot of races, ethnics, gender roles, religions and so on. These differences can be seen in various situations.  the church is one of the good example.  This is the first time to go the church for me.  Regardless the race, they were worshiping to God in the same way.  That scene remains in my eyes.  Our focus group’s theme is diversity of Power Ranger, so Diversity is the most important concept for me in this program.    I want to learn more about micro history in America.  America is so big country, I think each state’s culture maybe different.  In this time, I went to East coast side.  This side is pioneer of America.  If I go to the West coast side in America, I may learn different way of thinking.

In my opinion, I think we cannot learn the real life of American culture in textbook. This time I could learn by actual life experience.  This experience is so priceless.  Lastly, I want to convey my gratitude for all.  Although I don’t decide what I will work, I want to play an active part in the world in the future.  Therefore, I will make an effort to speak English fluently.  Please keep in touch with me forever.  See you soon.  

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