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)

http://www2.wagamachi-guide.com/takatsuki/map.asp?dtp=1&uid=305&lid=6&mpx=135.6219697&mpy=34.84880424&mps=2500

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!

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

July 2018 SIETAR Kansai

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

Presenter: ​Tomoyuki Tajima (Educator)
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Date: ​Sunday, July 29, 2018 (2:00pm~5:00pm)

Place: ​Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center, 3rd floor, Room 1
​​(10 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki station or Hankyu Takatsuki-shi Station. ​​​https://www.google.com/maps/place/Takatsuki+City+Lifelong+Learning+Center/@34.8471,135.6208698,1 ​​6z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xc87f56cef9be930!8m2!3d34.8465365!4d135.6174151
​​​​Tel. 072-674-7700

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

Language: ​Japanese

Social event: There will be a dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Reservations for dinner are required by Wednesday, July 25. Contact fujimotodonna@gmail.com

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 FTC Study Group of Media Literacy, and he is also involved in the activities of young people from multicultural 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).

Jumy 2018 SIETAR Kansai

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

Presenter: ​Tomoyuki Tajima (Educator)
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June 2018 SIETAR Kansai,From Adversity to Advocacy: the power of sharing your stories

June 2018 SIETAR Kansai, JALT Osaka, & JALT Kyoto Joint Program

From Adversity to Advocacy: the power of sharing your stories

 

 

Presenters:      Tomomi Kumai (Intercultural Trainer & Transformative Education Coach)

                            Tyler/Takaya Kumai (7th grade student currently living in Seoul, S. Korea)

Date:            Sunday, June 24, 2018  (2:00pm~5:00pm)

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

                            (10 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki station or Hankyu Takatsuki-shi Station.                                   https://www.google.com/maps/place/Takatsuki+City+Lifelong+Learning+Center/@34.8471,135.6208698,1                                            6z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xc87f56cef9be930!8m2!3d34.8465365!4d135.6174151

                                           Tel. 072-674-7700

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

Language:      Japanese / English

 

Social event:  There will be a dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards.  Reservations for dinner required by Wednesday, June 20.  Contact fujimotodonna@gmail.com

 

 

Description of the Presentation

Universities in the U.S. are required to include a statement in their materials claiming that the institution is committed to the inclusion of students with disabilities and that it will make reasonable accommodations for them. This increasing awareness of students with challenges can certainly have an effect on schools and other institutions in other parts of the world. With this in mind, we have invited Tomomi Kumai and her son, Ty, to share their experiences of their family’s challenges.

Tomomi: “In January 2016, my son Ty’s life as a person with a disability began. Ty was diagnosed with a pediatric malignant brain tumor–medulloblastoma–and had to undergo brain surgery. The surgery left him in a wheelchair. After experiencing social challenges such as being discriminated when using public transportation, Ty and I decided to educate elementary school students by volunteering to read a book on special needs in their classrooms. We will introduce our story of grappling with illness and disability but also discuss the social challenges we faced being ill and later with a disability.”

This presentation will invite audience members to reflect on adversity in their own lives and consider what they can do for some populations who might have similar experiences. This process will also help educators think about various ways to include diversity in a learning environment and provide a safe place for all learners. The presentation will help children, parents, and educators identify issues and understand the importance of accepting and including differences and adversity, transforming them into opportunities to be proactive in advocating for advancement.

Profile of the Presenter

Tomomi Kumai is an intercultural trainer and transformative coach in South Korea, serving expatriates and international students in the US, Korea, and Japan. She was born as a Korean Japanese bicultural citizen in Hiroshima and earned a BA (San Diego State University) and MA (the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) in Linguistics. Tomomi has lived, studied and worked for over 15 years outside Japan. Her mission: Connect, learn, and empower.

 

Tyler/Takaya Kumai is Tomomi’s 12-year-old son. Born in the USA, Ty spent 7 years in Japan and moved to Korea when he was eight. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He is currently cancer-free and receiving physical therapy.