Monday, August 29, 2016

Kyle Miyata Larson wins first Sprint Cup race!

Kyle Miyata Larson, 24 years old from Elk Grove, CA, became the first Japanese-American to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race yesterday at the 2016 Pure Michigan 400 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

After becoming the first Asian-American Rookie of the Year in 2013 for his wins in the Nationwide Series, he advanced to the prestigious Sprint Cup Series the following year.

The city of Elk Grove takes special pride in Kyle, giving him a key to the city in 2014. Mayor Gary Davis describing his rise in car racing, says, "He might be doing for NASCAR what Tiger Woods has done for golf."  Larson seems to be ready to give back to his town and his fans.

"Larson, dressed in a suit and tie, stayed outside for two hours in 96-degree heat signing autographs and posing for photos with every single person who waited in line. " (Holly Cain, NASCAR.COM)

Larson's grandparents, like many Japanese-Americans, were interned in camps in Tulelake, CA, during World War II, which ultimately led to them settling in California.

In 2014 Kyle welcomed his first child, Owen Miyata Larson. Perhaps the proud legacy will continue.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Japanese Program Meet & Greet (交換留学生の歓迎会)


We will be holding a Meet & Greet 歓迎会 for AU Japanese language students and exchange students coming from Japan.

Date: September 2, 2016 (Friday)

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Place: CLEAR, Asbury Hall, North Wing, Lower level

Please come and meet other Japanese language students (せんぱい and こうはい alike) as well as our new incoming Japanese exchange students. Let's welcome everyone (back) to American University and get to know each other!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sept. 26 talk - Reviving the Spirit Within: Minority languages of Japan


Reviving the Spirit Within: Minority languages of Japan

Date:    Sept. 26, 2016
Time:   5:30 PM
Place:   Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, and  
             Research (CLEAR), Asbury - North Wing, Lower Level

This talk by Ken Knight, Ph.D., will be simultaneously hosted by the Japanese Language Program and CLEAR at American University and the Linguistics Student Organization at California State University Northridge.

Dr. Knight will discuss the cultural and political forces that have led to the marginalization and loss of native minority languages in Japan as well as revitalization efforts underway to counteract the cultural and linguistic attrition faced by native Japanese groups dispersed across the globe.

Please come and participate in this lively discussion.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Virtual Exchange with KGU

Professor McKim of Kanto Gakuin University met with Japanese Program Coordinator Ken Knight of AU in Shinjuku, Tokyo a few weeks ago to discuss the ongoing virtual exchange between the two universities. Beginning this academic year, the 10-week program becomes mandatory for intermediate students at AU. It offers an integral and immediate means of applying the Japanese that they have worked so hard to acquire (before even setting foot in Japan).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tokyo Dinner 2016

AU students studying in Tokyo met with Waseda students scheduled to come to American University in the fall for a first-ever dinner meeting hosted by the Japanese Program head, Dr. Knight. Everyone met near Waseda at Takadanobaba and enjoyed an interesting meal including many hard-to-find skewered (串) foods. This event was very kindly sponsored by AU Abroad (with special thanks to Assistant Director Ethan Merritt)!

The entire group
Zoe's crazy asparagus
Presenting the asparagus
At the game center after dinner