From its origin, JASC has been organized by university students who are interested in global and bilateral issues facing the U.S. and Japan. This tradition of student leadership has endured more than 75 years and is maintained through Executive Committees.
Each year, JASC's Executive Committee is comprised of eight students representing the U.S. and eight students representing Japan. Elected by fellow delegates, Committee members work jointly across the Pacific to create and implement the next JASC.
Throughout the year, members of the American Executive Committee are supported by International Student Conferences in Washington, D.C. Similarly, members of the Japanese Executive Committee are supported by International Education Center in Tokyo.
68th JASC American Executive Committee
Johns Hopkins University
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
Hello! My name is Danny Jeon, and I will be serving as the 2016 68th Japan-American Student Conference American Executive Chair. I am currently a junior and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in International Studies and East Asian Studies. I was born in South Korea, but I moved to the United States when I was ten years old. Naturally, I became very interested in US-Japan-Korea relations, especially regarding the topics of security and economy. On my free time, I like to watch movies, listen to music, and travel.
As a former participant of 67th JASC, I came to understand why both Prime Minister Abe and President Obama regarded JASC as “an indispensible bilateral exchange program.” Discussing variety of topics ranging from security to religion in the roundtable discussions, JASC was an opportunity to truly understand and learn about the dynamics of US-Japan alliance and its meaning. However to me, JASC was more than just a learning experience. It was the sightseeing, travelling, exchanging cultures, and making everlasting friendships that span across the Pacific that made my JASC experience truly invaluable. Elected as a Chair for 68th JASC American Executive Committee, I aim to recreate the invaluable experience that I had for the 68th JASCers and continue this indispensable legacy of JASC.
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Hi all - my name is Johanna Gunawan -- Jo for short! I'm a junior at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts majoring in Political Science and International Affairs with minors in Japanese and East Asian Studies. I was born and raised in suburban Los Angeles before moving across the US for university (where I find myself barely surviving the winters)! Otherwise, I'm a coffee connoisseur and prefer single-origin blends from Toraja and Flores (Indonesia). I'm also a self-pronounced chef, science fiction fanatic, and I've been on study abroad programs in Indonesia, Japan, and the UK.
JASC 67 was an incredibly rewarding program for me as it directly correlated to my major and minors, as well as to my personal cultural interests. Growing up in Southern California, I'd been exposed to Japanese products and cultural exports early on, and always had a passion to learn more. Being able to intensely study the US-Japan relationship with 70 other highly intelligent and equally passionate students was an experience like no other, and as Vice Chair I want to bring the same experience to you. Through JASC, I found an incredible group of international friends who I trust and respect deeply - and I hope I'll be a part of helping future delegates find the same connections!
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Hello! My name is Robert Duanmu and I am a junior at Cornell University. I am majoring in Asian Studies and am considering a minor in Information Science. I was born and grew up in the United States until 6th grade, but since then have moved to Hong Kong in which my family still lives today. I have come back to the U.S. for university where I focus hard on my Japanese studies and hope upon graduation to work in Japan for a couple of years. As a matter fact, I am actually currently studying abroad in Osaka, Japan which has been a stream of new experiences for me! When I am at Cornell I partake in the Cornell Piano Society and Japanese culture clubs in which I can pursue my interests and passions even further. For hobbies I like playing tennis, piano, eating food, listening to music, and simply just relaxing.
The 67th Japan-America Student Conference was an emotional roller coaster. Never had I gone through so many emotions and a variety of situations in three weeks; I felt that I lived a year's worth of experiences in that one month. Because of the intensity though, JASC has become one, if not the most memorable experiences of my life. Interacting with people from all sorts of backgrounds and understanding people's perspectives on the scale held at JASC was something I initially underestimated, but meeting such challenges was incredibly rewarding and fullfilling. I became much more aware of my own ability and weaknesses, especially in group settings, and acquired new perspective of the issues intertwining Japan and the U.S. throughout the conference. It was a month of hardships, unforgettable experiences, personal growth, and amazing people that I hope to help
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Hello! My name is Teresa Anselmo, and I am a recent graduate of UC Berkeley in history and anthropology. Born and raised in the Bay Area, I became uncomfortably accustomed to the familiar before embarking on JASC, my first trip outside of the country. I collect a variety of skills and interests, including coding, philosophizing about current events, learning new languages, and thinking about animals. I am also the UC Chorale Ensembles secretary, which means I sing frequently, but also take notes and plan important events. I love musical theater and have been known to sing loudly in the shower. I have an expansive giraffe collection of almost two-hundred pieces.
It's not an exaggeration to say that JASC67 changed me as a person forever. Quite homesick, I cried the first night of the conference. I also cried the last day, as I waved goodbye to the seventy friends whom I shall remember forever. Although I missed my cat for those intense three weeks, being part of such an intimate community made me feel very comfortable and happy. The conference was indeed intellectually demanding, as we constantly learned about each others' cultures during roundtable discussion, lectures, and even during free time. I cannot wait for the JASC68 to share this same amazing experience.
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Hi everyone! My name is Hanae Miyake, and I'm a senior at Smith College majoring in Economics and East Asian Studies. I am also pursuing Master’s degree in Development Studies as part of an accelerated program with Smith and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland where I currently live. At Smith, I am involved with the school’s Japanese Cultural Club, and I held a position as a Treasurer and President in the past. I was born in New York, but I spent first half of my childhood in Tokyo. I moved back to New York when I was in third grade, and I now live with my family in Maine when I am not in school.
This past summer, I had some of the best experiences as a delegate of 67th JASC. This included the many opportunities and challenges that the program provided, the people I got to meet, and exposure to different ways of thinking. Through JASC, not only did I discover more about Japanese and American cultures, but also about myself. Without a doubt, I can say that it was a rewarding experience and I got to grow as an individual. At the same time, the relationship I made with JASCers in the course of a month, especially with my roundtable, was very meaningful and special. As a member of the 68th JASC Executive Committee, I hope to facilitate in making a life-changing experience for all the delegates just as the previous Executive Committees have done.
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Greetings, fellow adventurer! My name is Jason, and I am a recent chemical engineering graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. Although I was born in Taiwan, I moved to the United States when I was 7 years old. I lived in Southern California until I moved to Northern California for university. During my 4 years at UC Berkeley, I participated in 3 different laboratories in 3 different nations (US, Japan, Taiwan). Outside of school, I enjoy tennis, photography, and cooking.
I became interested in Japan when I studied abroad at Osaka University during my junior year for one semester. As my college years drew to a close, I found another opportunity to visit Japan through JASC. Honestly, I attended the conference with a singular goal of taking awesome pictures and eating ramen, but little did I know that I would walk away with much more. Traveling across Japan with 71 other students, I found 71 new friends: friends that I can rely on, friends that will be at my wedding, friends that I never thought I'd make. Now, as an alumnus of the conference and as an executive committee member, I highly recommend you to apply!
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Hi there! My name is Yuki Naruoka. I am a senior at University of California, San Diego majoring in Political Science—International Relations. Although I lived in Hawaii for few years, I spent most of my adolescent years in Japan and moved to the United States when I graduated from high school. After graduation, I am planning on attending graduate school to study International Relations. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring the states on my motorcycle and playing the guitar. My biggest influences are the blues greats from the 60’s to the 80’s including Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and B.B. King.
As a Japanese native, I didn’t know what to expect going in to JASC. However, JASC turned out to be one of the most important experiences I have ever had. Each of the sites we have visited gave me a fresh perspective of Japan, making me realize that there is always more to learn even with your own culture. Also on a personal level, I was able to make friends that I will cherish for my entire life. The bright and warmhearted people that I have met through JASC have taught me a lot personally and academically. My aim as an EC member is to provide the 68th delegates with the same, or better, experience that I have had as a delegate, and to carry on the history of mutual understanding between two countries into the future.
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Hello everyone! My name is Sabrina Ruiz, and I am a sophomore at Wellesley College hoping to major in International Relations-Political Science with a strong interest in East Asian Studies. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. This winter, I will be traveling to Israel through the David Project for a cultural exploration conference. On campus, I work at the Davis Museum as Lead Guard in charge of supervising and organizing the schedules of all student workers. I am also involved with MEZCLA, the only Latina organization on campus, and the Student Bursar’s Office as a club treasurer. In my spare time, I like to swim, bake, and learn new skills. I also recently began taking violin lessons.
Although JASC itself lasted only one month, I know that my experiences from that time will have a lasting presence in my life. Admittedly, I didn’t really know what to expect when applying, nor did I foresee the impact it would have on my future. JASC created such a strong community that has continued to last to this day, and hopefully into the future as well. Through the many ups and downs - such as the awesome sightseeing in my first trip overseas and the sleep deprivation - I have created many unforgettable memories. Upon my return, I realized I was a changed person. I was more inquisitive, confident in my abilities and knowledge, and overall more prepared to face my future. I have no regrets applying for this program, and I am so grateful that I did. I am also excited and honored to be a part of the 68th Executive Committee and I hope to create as welcoming and memorable an environment for this year’s delegates as I was given last year.
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