Recruitment for Registration of Monitors to Promote Kyushu
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is conducting “Consumption Rise Project by Promoting Kyushu” to deal with the decrease in expenditure by tourists from Korea, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan due to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. Accordingly, to increase consumption and tourism to Kyushu, the project invites foreign monitors to travel in the Kyushu area and promote Kyushu via social media.
Number of Monitors: Approximately 50 persons
Please note: we will stop accepting applications once all the places are taken.
Application Period: July 13（Wed.） – July 27（Wed.）
Please click on the link below to see more about it.
Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society（KAFS) 2nd Film Screening Session
The Cultural Anthropology Laboratory of the Facutly of Letters along with the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies at Kumamoto University will hold the second event of the Kumamoto Anthropology Film Society (KAFS)，as follows:
|Title||Bethel: Community and Schizophrenia in Northern Japan (Japanese with English subtitles, 40min.)|
|Date & Time||5:30PM to 7:30PM, Wednesday July 27|
|Venue||Classroom 1A in the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies|
Professor Karen Nakamura (Berkeley University) is a well-known cultural/ visual-anthropologist in the study of disability. In our session, Nakamura’s work which shoots a community of the people with schizophrenia called ‘Bethel’ will be screened. Human disability is tended to be broadcasted one-sided by its striking clinical picture and suffering through the media. But in this film, we can see the other aspects such as the ordinary life of the people living in Bethel, their thought, smiles, humanities, and interaction with researcher Nakamura. Because it can stigmatize the subject and create new discriminations, documenting and publishing disability is an exceedingly sensitive and difficult theme. However, Nakamura’s work is an experiment how record disability in their ordinary life and open to the public and teaches us the ambiguity of the boundary between ‘healthy’ and ‘disability’. Besides her work, we will view a short clip of storytelling of a Hansen disease patient (DVD is borrowed from National Hansen Disease Museum) and discuss the issue how patients talk about themselves and show their own figure to the public. (Kamuro)
Kumamoto University International Students Interact Local High School Students
On July 8, ten international students from Kumamoto University visited Dai-Ni High School, a local high school in Kumamoto which has been designated as a “Super Science High School” by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The researchers listened as students of Dai-Ni High School presented their research topics in English, and then asked questions about the scientific process and results of each topic.
The high school students and researchers overcame challenging language barriers to enjoy scientific communication in English. Kumamoto University’s Global Youth Campus looks to continue providing opportunities for local exchange between the university’s international students and the young local community.
Folk Music Seminar & Performance held by Open Education Center
On Thursday July 7, Dr. Rickard and Dr. Chan of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies held a public seminar in English with Mr. Nick DiSanto, an artist from America, followed by a short performance.
The topic of the seminar was innovation through culture and the revitalization of folkways through music. Around 50 people participated in the seminar, including students and faculty from Kumamoto University, as well as the general public of Kumamoto.
Through events like this, the Center for Open Education aims to contribute to the local community by providing opportunities for global education and international cooperation with Kumamoto University’s College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies.
Welcome Party for International Students Held at Kumamoto University
On Saturday July 2, a welcome party for international students in Kumamoto Prefecture was hosted at the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies, Kumamoto University. The party was sponsored by The Kumamoto Foreign Student Exchange Promotion Regional Conference, which strives to welcome and familiarize newly arrived international students with Kumamoto.
More than 150 international and Japanese university students attended the party. Four international students gave words of greeting as representatives of their universities, and a performance was held by Higo Magma, a performing group with student membership from several universities around Kumamoto prefecture.
The party served as an opportunity for international students to meet and interact with Japanese university students, and also strengthen the bond between the institutions of higher education in Kumamoto.
Folk Music Seminar & Performance
Dr. Rickard and Dr. Chan of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies will hold a public seminar in English with Mr. DiSanto, followed by a short performance.
The topic of the seminar will be innovation through culture and the revitalization of folkways through music. Participation is open to Kumamoto University faculty and students, as well as the general public of Kumamoto.
Date: Thursday, July 7 from 12:50 to 14:20
Location: Classroom 1A, College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies