月別: 7月 2014

Entertainment: A fun introduction to cultural exchange

The first time I got to know what k-pop was, it was around 2006.
I was a senior in high school, and my friends and I were really into Japanese pop culture.
I don’t remember who between us was the first to stumble upon
Korean dramas on the internet, but before we noticed we were already religiously
watching Goong every week.
Still, even though I enjoyed that bit of Korean entertainment,
my interests at the time kept being mainly about Japanese and Taiwanese shows and music,
especially because I was learning Japanese and Chinese back then too.

 

Fast forward to September 2008, and my dream of studying abroad in Japan finally came true.
I lived in an international student dorm with about 15 people from all over the world,
and I became friends with a girl from Indonesia almost instantly. She liked k-pop a lot,
especially the boy group Tohoshinki (DBSK).
As soon as I saw a music video of theirs, I was hooked.
Even though I’m still a big fan of Japanese entertainment as well,
from then on I’ve always been a k-pop fan too.

 




Some k-pop cds from my collection

 

I always thought how interesting it was that I, a Brazilian girl,
got to know Korean pop music through an Indonesian girl, while living in Japan
and recently, I started thinking about this again. Last June, I went with some friends
to a live show of a group called B.A.P.
We were one Brazilian girl and two Spanish girls, living in Japan, going to
a Korean pop group concert, and speaking in a mix of English/Portuguese/Spanish/Japanese to each other.
I mean, I don’t think it gets any more international than that.

 




Goods from another live show I went to.
This time, I went together with 2 Japanese friends and 1 Spanish friend!

 

These experiences, combined with my work at the ICC, made me realize
how integrated global society has become. As the world changes with globalization,
means of communication and transportation evolve, making it easier for us to know
and interact with people from other countries, be it by travelling or
through the internet. To not be left behind by this evolution, learning new languages
and interacting with people of a different cultural background becomes a necessity.
Not only that, it is also a great way of making new friends and expanding your knowledge.

 

In my opinion and personal experience, a country’s entertainment industry is a great way
of getting yourself interested in its culture and language, or
even more serious topics such as economy, society issues or politics.
That may sound cliche, but there’s a whole amazing world out there, so don’t be
stuck only in your own country’s cultural bubble!

 

TF (Student Staff Leader)

Foodie

I recently discovered this Food/Travel show that airs on
Youtube every few weeks called “Fresh off the Boat” with Eddie Huang”.

 

The host of the show (of course being Eddie Huang himself) is a
Taiwanese-American Writer/ Ex Lawyer/ food personality who travels
around the world trying different foods and meeting new people.

 

After watching “Fresh Off the Boat” I became obsessed with food
and cooking. I had always had an interest in cooking, ever since I
was a kid. While my friends were struggling to crack an egg open,
I was whipping up omelets and eggs in a basket. Through this show though,
I was able to gain a whole new perspective on food.

 

Food has always been a big part of my life. I will never turn down
the chance to try a new dish (one of the reasons I always get food
poisoning when traveling) and cooking is one of my favorite pastime
hobbies.

 




Some Beondegi (Silk worm Pupae) in Korea

 

That’s one of the reasons I love working at the ICC.
Our Country Festivals seem to always dish out some different exotic
food that I’d never heard of before (from Somali Gashaato to Romanian Mici).

 




Some food from our ICC Lithuania Cafe

 

And so, one of the things that I have discovered is so appealing
about cooking and food is that it’s a great gateway into a any culture.
No matter who you are or where you go, if you keep an open mind and
open taste buds you are bound to find friends to gather around the table with.

 



 

So to everyone reading this, keep an open mind, open stomach, and stay HUNGRY!

 

EM (Student Staff Leader)

お帰り!ブンちゃん

大学生活が始まったばかりの1年生も、謳歌している2年生も、
そろそろ就活を意識しはじめる3年生も、それぞれのステージなりに、
卒業したら自分は何をやりたいのかな、どんな職業に向いているのかな、
なんて考える瞬間があるでしょうか。

 

キャリアセンター主催「みらい設計」支援行事の一環として
6月から7月にかけて開催される「進路を考えるセミナー」のテーマは『自分らしい人生と働き方』。

 

そこに、ICCで学生スタッフリーダーを務めたOBがひとり登場します!

 

通称”ブンちゃん”が、学生スタッフに応募してくれたのは、たしか3年次のことでした。
学生時代、さまざまなことにトライしながら、迷い、考え、悶々としているなか、
ICCに出会い、「これだ!」と思ってくれたひとりでした。

 

難民をテーマにしたトーク&ビジットや、
東ティモールのトーク・セッションなど

 



 

自身の興味関心の強い国際協力系のイベントを企画してくれたり、
卓越したセンスとスキルを生かして数々のすてきなイベント・ポスターもデザインしてくれました。

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

マルチなタレントがいかんなく発揮された成果物には、
留学生向けにサークルの探し方・楽しみ方を学生目線でガイドした冊子「スチューデント・クラブ・ガイド」もあります。
グループ・リサーチ・プロジェクト「働く杯」でも、すばらしいオープニング・ムービーを編集してくれました。

 

・・・と、輝かしい貢献を数え上げればきりがありません。

 

早稲田を卒業した後は、イギリスの大学院に進学し、「紛争解決」のキャリアに向けて、
現在は外務省の専門調査員としてスーダンに赴任していますが、そんな彼もまた、
ほんの数年前までは、さまざまなことに迷い、悩み、もがいていた一早大生であったのです。

 

早大生の進路、活躍のフィールドは本当にさまざまだと思いますが、
「世界の紛争解決に尽力したい」というのは、ある意味実に早大生らしい、
フロンティアスピリットにあふれたキャリアパスですよね。

 

迷える早大生から、国際専門職の第一線へ。
その迷いと努力の軌跡について、生の声を聴いてみませんか?

 

7月26日(土)14:45~16:15
キャリアセンターセミナールームへどうぞ!
◆進路を考えるセミナー『自分らしい人生と働き方』

 

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 原理原則をぐいぐい詰めていく理論派で、
 自分と世界を見つめる目線がいつも高くて透明で、
 書道とピアノもプロ級(?)で、
 そうかと思えば朝はちょっぴりお寝坊気味で(遅刻を厳しく叱られたこと数知れず)、
 短パン・サンダルでキャンパスを闊歩していたブンちゃん。
 目指す世界への階段をしっかり上っているそのストーリーを
 ぜひ後輩たちに聞かせる場を、職員としてわたしもずっと作りたいなと思っていました。
 今回、キャリアセンターで実現してうれしいです。
 遠くアフリカから、懐かしい早稲田へ―
 お帰り! ブンちゃん!

 

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そうそう、”ブンちゃん”ニックネームの由来は、以下のレポートの本名から推測できるかも?!

 

SSLレポート

 

YH (ICC Staff)

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