JASC Winter 2014 Newsletter

 

You will be receiving your copy of the Winter 2014 JASC Journal in the mail shortly, but the online edition of the JASC Journal is now available online! You can view the journal by clicking here. This edition includes a profile of Florence Maher, a JASC 57 & KASC 1 alumna who is now working as a Foreign Service Officer, a letter from the American Executive Committee Chair of JASC 66, an invitation JASC’s 80th Anniversary Weekend in San Francisco, a short report on ISC’s recent Trilateral Symposium, and your JASCer notes.

Enjoy the Winter 2014 edition of the JASC Journal, and expect the Spring edition soon!

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KASC Alumni Recognized for Leadership and Diplomacy

ISC is happy to congratulate two of our alumni for their career and academic success.

 Alice HaeYeon Jeong (KASC 2008 & 2009) successfully passed Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs “UN Junior Professional Officer Exam” last summer. As a result, she is currently working for the UN Development Programme – UN Volunteers’ (UNDP-UNV) Peacebuilding Division in Bonn, Germany as a Programme Analyst at the P2 level and will be stationed in Germany for 2 years. She is “uber excited to start my career at the UN and welcome any KASCers who are travelling through Germany to stop by Bonn and say “hello.”

Lyndsey Twining (KASC 2013) has been named a 2014 Sang-Yong Nam Award Winner by the University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies. She is a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship and studying in Korea. According to the Nam Center, “Lyndsey’s research accomplishments are notable for an undergraduate student, participating in multiple exchanges and conferences on Korean studies in both the United States and Korea.” Read more at the Nam Center website.

 

Double Mirror Event on Korean-American Identity

KASCers and JASCers:
Check out this event that will feature 30 Korean and Korean-American artists at the Katzen Arts Center, American University, on April 4th and 5th.
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Mina Cheon aka Ilsoon Kim, Detail from Eat Choco·Pie Together, 2014 - Double Mirror 2014 - AU Katzen Museum
Double Mirror is a mixed media and mixed genre exhibition representing a group of 30 Korean and Korean-American artists whose works share, reflect, and refract the conditions of having bi-cultural identities in the ultra modern world. These unique artists convey the cultural complexity and richness of serving two countries, Korea and America, and are regretfully under-recognized by the mainstream American art world. This exhibition explores the ways these contemporary artists have faced, challenged, changed, and re-formulated the issue of physical, mental, and virtual immigration.Important dates: April 5th Gallery talk at 5pm, Artist Reception at 6pm.

For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions and events, please visit www.american.edu/museum

Image: Mina Cheon aka Ilsoon Kim, Detail from Eat Choco·Pie Together, 2014. Performance installation with 10,000 pieces of Choco-Pie. Courtesy of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
Museum Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday Admission is free. Parking is available under the Katzen Arts Center and is free on evenings and weekends.
Want to learn more about the exhibitions and programs occuring at the American University Museum? Sign up to receive emails from the museum for information about opening receptions, gallery talks, and museum events. Email museum@american.edu to be added to the mailing list.
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JASC & KASC Still Accepting Applications!

Upon their review of the many excellent applicants, the Executive Committees of JASC and KASC decided to extend the deadline on a rolling-admissions basis in order to have a more diverse delegation. They will be accepting new applicants until the delegation is full, or until March 31. Students applying for JASC who also wish to apply for the S&R Foundation Scholarship must submit all of their application materials by March 24 to be considered.

   

In case you haven’t heard:
The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is currently recruiting student delegates for the 66th Annual Conference, which will be held in the U.S. in August 2014. This student-led exchange program, initiated in 1934 by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War, JASC has evolved into a leadership training program for both Japanese and American students. Our notable alumni list includes former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Prime Minister of Japan Kiichi Miyazawa, This year’s conference theme is “Communicate and Connect: Pursuing Peace at the Crossroads of Culture” and will visit Des Moines, IA, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, and Washington, D.C. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling-admission basis until March 31st, 2014. You can learn more about the 66th JASC here: http://iscdc.org/jasc/2014/.

The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is a student-led academic and cultural student exchange program with a focus on hands-on leadership training. Every July, 50 students equally represented from the U.S. and Korea gather for a month-long conference to discuss issues pertinent to the bilateral relationship. Together as a group, the delegation travels throughout the U.S./Korea while researching 5 specific roundtable topics and meeting with various experts. At the end of the conference, each roundtable group presents creative solutions to current bilateral issues before a panel of judges and a general audience. This year, guided by the theme “Introspection: Opportunity to Learn, Grow, and Prosper”, KASC will convene in South Korea, exploring four unique regions of the country. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling-admission basis until March 31st, 2014. You can learn more about the 7th KASC here: http://iscdc.org/kasc/2014/.

6th KASCer Jessie Meier Chosen for CLS Program

Jessie Meier, the 6th KASC alumna was chosen for this year’s Critical Language Scholarship(CLS) Program. CLS Program is a fully-funded summer intensive language program for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This year’s CLS Program is hosted by Yonsei University in Wonju, South Korea. CLS is a two month program, during which, scholarship recipients are required to speak only Korean. Participants live in dorms with Korean roommates and will also have a homestay experience with a local Korean family for one week. At the end of the 8 weeks, students take an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)-certified post-program oral proficiency interview assessment. Students have four hours of language class and five hours of culture class each day, four hours of peer tutoring and four hours of internship per week, and weekly cultural excursions to museums, theaters, and local events.
On behalf of the entire KASC family, ISC commends Jessie for her passion for US-Korea understanding and congratulates her for this awesome opportunity!
Read more about CLS here.

Summer Course for KASCers and JASCers by Prof. Roland Wilson!

Hi everyone! There is interesting information for you. This summer Professor Roland Wilson from George Mason University will teach a class on conflict resolution and resolving conflicts in Northeast Asia at Chonbuk National University International Summer School. This topic would be very interesting because this course is designed for students interested in understanding and helping to resolve conflicts in Northeast Asia. Let us know if you’re interested!

# You should mention Professor Ronald Wilson to get a good discount when you sign up!

If you are interested please visit the website at http://iss.jbnu.ac.kr/
Link for his class and others http://iss.jbnu.ac.kr/sub.php?menucode=2020
Link on how to sign up: http://iss.jbnu.ac.kr/sub.php?menucode=3040

This is description for the course:

Welcome to “Resolving Conflicts in Northeast Asia, an Introductory Course in Conflict Analysis and Resolution” (CAR). This course is especially designed for students interested in understanding and helping to resolve conflicts in Northeast Asia.  However, the theories and tools learned in this course can be applied to other conflicts around the world.

CAR is a relatively new and exciting hybrid academic field that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach, including ideas drawn from the study of psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, and political science to name a few.

Conflicts are natural phenomena in human beings’ lives.  However, depending on their intensity, conflicts are expressed either nonviolent or violently. Moreover, conflicts occur at all levels of society: between individuals, groups, institutions and even at the state and international levels. In this course, you will learn basic CAR theories and tools in order to understand, analyze, and practice resolving these various types of conflicts.

The course includes an overview of the field; origins and causes of conflict; how to map a conflict; and strategies for transforming and resolving the conflict. Key questions that will be explored include: What is conflict? What are the causes/roots of conflict? Why do individuals make certain choices in situations of conflict? What are some of the major models and approaches used to help understand and resolve conflicts?

At the end of the course, you should be able to identify the basic concepts, frameworks, and techniques in the field of CAR, and look at unique ways to analyze and help resolve conflicts.

This course, like the CAR fields, will be examined through the integrated lenses of theory, research and practice (also known as intervention).  This is an interactive course that will use seminar style discussions of the readings and will include group projects on a conflict in Northeast Asia, presentations and games.

What JASC Means to Us: New JASC Video on Vimeo

A new video features interviews with participants of the 65th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), including the entire American Executive Committee (AEC) of the 66th conference. The video highlights the participants’ personal JASC experiences and is available on Vimeo (by clicking on the image above) or on www.iscdc.org/jasc/2014/voices/.


 

Announcing the S&R Foundation 2014 JASC Scholarship

ISC is pleased to announce that in 2014 the S&R Foundation will provide one need-based scholarship for a student to attend the 66th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) as an American delegate. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno, the S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts and sciences, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.

More about the scholarship including instructions on how to apply is available on the ISC website.