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Another Japanese Minor Student Travels to Japan through the Kakehashi Project.

Hana Myers Wins
Hana Myers at the Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA) 2016 Colorado/Wyoming-Wide Japanese Speech Contest

A Japanese Minor and Nutrition and Food Science Major, Hana Myers is ecstatic to have been selected as a participant in the Kakehashi project this spring, especially after one of her classmates, Peter Dickerson just returned from Japan, having participated in the Kakehashi Project as a speech contest winner.

This Kakehashi Project is a 9-day, fully-funded study abroad opportunity available to Japanese-American and Asian-American university students around the United States. It involves students traveling to Tokyo and other parts of Japan to develop a deeper understanding of and connection with Japanese culture. Students visit historical sites, attend lectures regarding US-Japan relations, participate in cultural activities, experience home stays, and visit Japanese companies-all to develop a deeper appreciation for Japanese culture. This year was particularly competitive in the selection process.

Myers says “Growing up half-Japanese living in the United States, I’ve always felt a disconnect throughout my life with my cultural identity. I started studying Japanese at CSU to both communicate more effectively with my family and to learn more about Japanese culture.” Her Japanese instructor, Mako Beecken informed her about this project and encouraged her to apply. “Miss Myers is an excellent student and a perfect candidate for this project. I know she’s eager to go to Japan and get more direct contact with Japan and Japanese people,” says Beecken. “It is very common for mixed raced children to grow up struggling to find their cultural identity. They may feel some void in themselves and learning their heritage language is one good way to fill it,” she continues. Myers hopes that this opportunity through the Kakehashi Project will help her take her goals even further. “I hope that through the trip I can learn more about traditional cultural practices, Japanese cuisine, Japanese societal dynamics, and pop culture. I’m also very excited to have the chance to practice my Japanese language skills in an applied, fully immersive setting.”

Peter Dickerson Wins Japanese Speech Contest

CSU student wins Japanese speech contest, earns trip to Japan

CSU Prevails at the 31st Colorado/Wyoming Japanese Speech Contest!!

Please join us in congratulating students in the Japanese Program for their amazing accomplishment at the 31st Colorado/Wyoming Japanese Speech Contest, held on November 4, 2017. This year, the contest was held at the First Baptist Church in Denver, where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached from its pulpit on April 16, 1962.

CSU skit groups took 1st and 2nd place in the skit category. Both in College II and III, CSU students won First Place. Other CSU contestants took fourth place in College II and a special award in College IV.

First-year students performed their skits with great enthusiasm and excellent acting with well-thought-out plots. Each speech contestant delivered his speech with great fluidity and clarity. This is evidence of the students’ assiduity and dedication.

We are very proud of our students!

Skit Groups

Speech Participants and Instructors with Consul-General of Japan in Denver

Emma Kearney (Oracle, Tokyo Class of ’15)

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College of Liberal Arts Magazine

Department magazine

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