U.S.-Japan Technology Policy Coordination: Balancing Technonationalism With a Globalized World
James L. Schoff (Kanagawa, 1988-1999), a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Asia Program, recently published a paper on technonationalist competition with a focus on ways the U.S. and Japan can coordinate. Read the paper here.
Course: How Race and Ethnicity Shape American Life
Registration is open for Mya Fisher's (Kanagawa, 2000-2002) 4 week, sociology, mini-course on "How Race and Ethnicity Shape American Life." It's a slimmed down version of a semester-long, college, sociology course she used to teach. This course is specifically tailored for members of the U.S.-Japan community, including Japanese interested in learning more. The course is free and there are a limited number of spots!
Deadline to apply for registration is Tuesday, August 4, 2020! Click here for information and outline of the course, along with the registration application link.
Artist Laurel Lukaszewski featured in the Artomatic Top 10
Laurel Lukaszewski (Kagoshima, 1990-1991) is a DC-based ceramic artist, known for her intricate installations and sculptures, was featured in the Artomatic Top 10. Learn more about her work at www.laurellukaszewski.com.
Artomatic strengthens the artistic community and builds an audience for that community by bringing together artists to temporarily transform available space into a creative place. This year, Artomatic is being held online.
Alumna Wins 2019 Career Convergence Recognition Award
Career counselor Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996) co-wrote a paper with Sue Motulsky on creating positive spaces for career counseling with transgender clients. The paper won the 2019 Career Convergence Recognition Award. Read the article here.
Joint Runner Up for Best Oral Presentation at UK Implementation Science conference
Dennis Li, PhD, MPH (Okayama, 2006-2008) presented at the UK Implementation Science conference, winning joint runner up for best oral presentation. His research is on furthering implementation science in HIV research through coordination of, consultation with, and collaboration among 65 projects to end the HIV epidemic in the US. Watch his presentation here.
New JET Book Releases
Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler (Tochigi-ken, 1989-90) - Life Is in the Transitions introduces the fresh, illuminating vision of the nonlinear life, in which each of us faces dozens of disruptors. Bruce also extends a special offer for this crazy time: If your book clubs reads Life is in the Transitions, he'll Zoom in!
Yellow & Black Fever: Life, Love and Baseball in the Land of the Rising Sun by James McKnight (Gunma-ken, 2001-2004). Yellow & Black Fever is about a single, 33-year-old American who leaves his comfortable life behind and moves to semi-rural Japan to teach English for a year. His quest is to find a satisfying profession, true love and friendship. Instead he finds the adventure of a lifetime with lots of triumphs, trials and tribulations as one year becomes two, then three.
JET alumnus Daniel Lowe (Chiba-ken, 2011-2013) launched a new website, DanKnowsJapan. The site explores ways to improve our language learning, grow more connected with Japan, and live healthier and more productive lives.
What Dan says about the project: After the success of the JETs Who Get Things Done Facebook Challenge, which attracted 600 members, I was eager to start a new project. As we entered the social distancing phase of COVID-19, I read several books on productivity and healthy living. I realized that I could apply so much of the lessons I was consuming to Japanese language learning, the JET Program, and other areas related to Japan. Social distancing also gave me space to improve my processes and reflect on mistakes, so my weekly newsletter has a "mistakes made" section - both to force me to reflect on the prior weeks and to caution others.
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