Kansai SIETAR May 2007 Program Japanese American Filmmaker Presents her Latest Work

Speaker:       Dr. Satsuki Ina, Cross-cultural psychotherapist and filmmaker

Date:            Saturday, May 19, 2007

Time:            5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00)

Venue:               Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center 

(高槻市立総合市民交流センター)視聴覚室 5th floor

(1 minute from JR Takatsuki Station)


Fee:                   500 yen for members and students; 1,000 yen for non-members

Sponsors:            SIETAR Kansai, the Nikkei Gathering & Osaka JALT


Dr. Satsuki Ina was born in a U.S.internment camp during World War II. She has made an Emmy award-winning docudrama about her family’s heartbreaking story of their incarceration. Although the events of this story happened over 60 years ago, the issues of loyalty, patriotism, resistance, dissidence, racial profiling, and personal liberties during times of war remain with us today in the post 9/11 world. Dr. Ina is currently visiting Japan from California, and she will be on hand to answer questions after the screening of “From a Silk Cocoon.” (in English with Japanese subtitles)

SIETAR- Japan, Kansai Chapter, April 2007    Intercultural Education through Experiential Education: A Service Learning and Leadership Program

Presenter:     Diane Musselwhite (Poole Gakuin University )

Date:            April 22, 2007 (Sunday), 2:00pm-4:00pm

Place:            Takatsukishiritsu Shogaigakushu Center

Room: Kenshuushitsu 3rd floor

(about 10 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki station, and 10 minutes walk from Hankyu Takatsukishi station )

Tel:  072-674-7700


Fee:           500 yen for members and students; 1,000yen for non-members

Language:        English


Description of the Presentation


Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy designed to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic or community engagement. It also becomes an opportunity to experience another “culture.”

At Poole Gakuin University in Osaka,the International Studies Department’s Intercultural Exchange and Service Course requires all students to take a minimum of two classes from a choice of four possibilities: internship, off-campus classes, fieldwork, or service learning. The service learning program created to serve this need starts its third year this April 2007.

The program at Poole includes both international and domestic activities.  In this presentation, I will describe the launching of the program, the aims, its status within the university, its management, and the difficulties. I will also explain the leadership program and its relationship to service learning.


Profile of the Presenter

Diane Musselwhite has been trained in educational anthropology and she has been teaching at Poole Gakuin University for 11 years.  She is currently the Director of the Center for Intercultural Exchange and Service.



‘Give and Take’: a Simulation for Multicultural Team Management

Presenter:  Yoko Matsuda (University of Hyogo) Date:      February 19, 2006 (Sunday), 2:00pm-4:00pm Place:       Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center (Room 3)            高槻市立生涯学習センター(第3会議室)

             (10min. walk from the south exit of JR Takatsuki Station or

Hankyu Takatsuki City Station ) (Please see the map on the other side. Or http://www.city.takatsuki.osaka.jp/bunka/manabi/accessmap.html) TEL:  072(674)7700 

Fee: 500yen for members and students, 1,000yen for non-members

Language:    Japanese

Description of the Presentation

     In this presentation, I will introduce a simulation called ‘Give and Take’, which was created by Dr. S.Thiagi, and we’ll discuss group communication processes for better multicultural team management.      In order to work effectively among multicultural team members, the following points are considered to be important:    (1) To clarify a common goal of the team project    (2) To clarify the roles and responsibilities of each member to achieve the common goal. In this simulation, we’ll work in a small group and decide on a project for the team and each member’s role. In the end we’ll judge how accurately we share the information and examine the outcomes to see if each member has clearly understood the roles and responsibilities. After the experiential activity, we’ll discuss and find causes of miscommunication and successful strategies for accurate communication in multicultural team management.   

Profile of the Presenter     

Yoko Matsuda is a professor at the University of Hyogo (formerly Kobe University of Commerce), teaching Intercultural Communication and Japanese language and culture to international students. She has been an active committee member of SIETAR-Kansai since its establishment, having been a chapter chair from 2000-2002 and currently office chairperson.  Her current publications include: Australian Language Policies and Multiculturalism, (University of Hyogo, 2005), “Intercultural Communication Education for Multicultural Society: Perspectives on Identity” (Jinbunronshu,36-4, Kobe University of Commerce, 2001), “The Use of Multimedia Information Technology and Web-cameras in Intercultural Communication Classes” (Shodaironshu, 55-2, Kobe University of Commerce, 2003) and many others.  She has an MA in Sociolinguistics from Osaka University and an MA in linguistics from the University of Rochester, New York, where she studied as a Fulbright student. She also taught at the University of Adelaide in Australia and Kansai University for Foreign Studies.