Year: 2018

January 2019 SIETAR Kansai & JALT Osaka Joint Meeting: An Intercultural Revisitation of the Kindertransport: Jewish Children’s Escape from the Nazi Camps

Tina Ottman (University Professor)

Date: Sunday January 27th, 2019   3:00pm – 5:30pm

Place: Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center, 3rd Floor, Room 1.

(10 minutes from JR Takatsuki station)

Google Maps    Tel. 072-685-3721

Fee: Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language: English

Description of the Presentation

On December 2, 1938 the first refugees from the operation that would be known as Kindertransport arrived in Harwich, U.K.–196 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin that had been burned by the Nazis during Kristallnacht (‘Night of the Broken Glass’, November 9, 1938). The operation continued to bring Jewish children (including my father and his three brothers) to the UK until September 1939, just before World War II broke out. By that time, 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia had been ‘transported’ to Britain – but without permitting their Jewish families to accompany them. Meanwhile the clock was ticking for these families in Hitler’s Europe.

The feel-good story about Britain’s beneficence to the Jewish children has its dark side, and the presenter believes that the time has arrived for a more critical approach to this famous episode of history. Using documentary clips, including interviews with the presenter’s own father, the presenter will explore how the children often suffered from intense cultural insensitivity, culture shock and trauma, as they were told to forget their religious practices, their mother tongues, and to eat, dream and breathe only in English. They were forced to cope with wrenching loss, isolation and issues of acculturation and assimilation .

Profile of the Presenter

Tina Ottman is an Associate Professor at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, and holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in the UK. The daughter of a Kindertransport refugee, she arrived in Japan (where she has now lived longer than the lifetime of most of her students) via Israel/Palestine, where she lived and worked for some years.

December 2018 SIETAR Kansai   A Workshop for Media Literacy: Deciphering the Term, “Foreigners”as Reported by the Media

Presenter: Tomoyuki Tajima(University Lecturer)

Date: Sunday, December 9th, 2018 (2:30pm~5:30pm)

Place: Takatsuki Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 4th floor, Room 4

(1 minute from JR Takatsuki station) Tel. 072-6853721

Fee: Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language: Japanese

Social event: There will be a Bonenkai at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Reservations for dinner are required by Wednesday, December 5th. Contact

Description of the Presentation

We are surrounded by a wide variety of media such as TV, internet, mobile phones, newspapers, etc. How does the Japanese media portray messages about “foreigners” or “foreign countries”? To create a society that values diversity, it is vital to look critically at how the media portrays them. In the first half of this workshop, the speaker will explain how we can develop critical and creative perspectives about today’s media. In the latter half of the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion to analyze “foreigners” in the media and to examine the relationship between us and the media.

Profile of the Presenter
Tomoyuki Tajima currently teaches at several universities, such as Kyoto Prefectural University and Kwansei Gakuin University. He is a board member of the NPO FCT Study Group of Media Literacy, and he is also involved in the activities of young people frommulticultural backgrounds. Tajima is the co-author of Introduction to the New Study Guide of Media Literacy (Liberta Shuppan), and the co-translator of the book entitled, Curriculum for Media and Information Literacy for Teachers(UNESCO/AMILEC).

SIETAR Student Fair 2018:Intercultural Experiences

SIETAR Student Fair 2018:Intercultural Experiences

SIETAR Student Fair 2018

Intercultural Experiences

        –by SIETAR KANSAI

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018

Time: 13:00-17:00

Place: Takatsuki Sogo Shimin Koryu Center (1 minute from JR Takatsuki Station)

Language: English or Japanese

Theme: Intercultural Experiences (studying, working, volunteering, doing service learning, etc.)

Students from the Kansai area are invited to participate as presenters or spectators. Presentations are informal and conducted for small groups on topics related to intercultural experiences while studying, volunteering, doing service learning, community engagement in either Japan or countries abroad. Presenters can participate as individuals or as a group, and should bring pictures, posters, goods, etc. Spectators can move around the fair to listen to various speakers, and presenters will have a chance to listen to other speakers. Presentations and discussions may be conducted in either English or Japanese. Groups should be prepared to introduce their activity in English in a minute or less. Faculty are encouraged and welcome to attend.

      Teachers, please encourage students to join the SIETAR Student Fair!