Third Day of Trilateral Discussions (Jumpei Matsui – 67th JASC JEC, Chair)

After all the academic studies in university and hectic preparations for JASC recruitment before we fly for this symposium, I couldn’t help but feel the unpreparedness for this discussions as the “delegate”, recalling about the one-month dense discussion we had last summer in 66th JASC. This week, we are not only the executive committee members but also the participants who represent our own countries. And today, we finished our precious third day, welcoming three different kinds of people as well as having our roundtable discussion beside.

First person was Mr. Frank Jannuzi, the President of Mansfield Foundation.
Second person was Mr. Locky Nimick

2nd Day of Trilateral

Hi my name is Lenny Dong, one of the five AEC for the 7th Korea and America student conference, part of the Immigration Roundtable. Today we had the honor or having the president of the Mansfield Foundation, Frank Jannuzi to speak to us today. Frank spoke about many different current events today, what I thought was the perhaps the most interesting was his perspective on the historical disputes that are still very controversial between Korea and Japan. As time moves on, these disputes become more acute as to more irrelevant, as counterintuitive that may seem. Frank sees this trend to be driven by political interests rather than genuine hatred towards each others countries – the political parties utilize this sensitive topic to rally the support of the public. As opposed to addressing the problem directly, Frank thinks that the best way to approach this issue is to create common causes that both Korea and Japan can work towards, which would in turn help both countries to get over the historical disputes that they are so caught up on. Frank was an amazing speaker, and I cannot wait to meet other speakers like him during trilateral and the future 8th KASC

First Day of Trilateral Symposium (1/5)

Considering that this was our first official day for trilateral symposium, it feels that we had a great start having both very first Round Table (RT) discussions and Leadership Training Session both made this day. Leadership Training inspired me in many ways. “Continuum” & “Civility Respect” which were key words that I believe that must be remembered to be a future leaders to think about. Leader must be a leader for continuous period of time. Once you become a leader that does not mean you can stop working hard. You must always think about many elements to prove you are the leader of the group. It is also important for leaders to understand own limitation and make sure that you prevent risk of inefficient group management. These techniques can be learned from books that talk about leadership, but this session was very valuable in the sense that it included many of experience from US Navy. RT discussion (writer belong to History & Security) was more productive than I expected to be. KEC and JEC were very quiet and tired from jetlag, but still made many contributions to speak out what they had in mind.

 67th JASC Japanese Executive Committee – Isshu Fujii

Trilateral Symposium Day 1 (by Lisa Kanai, 67th American Executive Committee)

After the reunion with fellow JASC ECs and an introduction to KASC ECs last night, I feel that we were able to quickly form a strong bond with each other. The connection was partially due to the weekly meetings that the ECs have been conducting for the last five months, as well as some ice break activities we did after breakfast today, but mostly because of the shared character amongst us: the passion to strive for trilateral understanding, and curiosity to learn from each other.

Most of the day was spent on roundtable discussions, and our immigration roundtable discussed and narrowed immigration issues that pertain to the three countries. We decided to focus on the legal and social issues immigrant children face today in each countries. Although I do not have an academic background on immigration, I consciously contributed my views, experiences, and knowledge to the group. During the 66th JASC, I became aware of my tendency to sit back and listen to others. Although my preference to be a flexible and patient member worked out well with the team dynamics of our RT in the past conference, I wished to become a more confident, active contributor in the group. The connections we had developed with each other enabled myself to reach out of my comfort zone that I was never quite able to cross during the 66th JASC. I consider this a huge accomplishment, a great confidence builder, and a promising start to the symposium and 67th JASC. As our guest speaker Lieutenant Dianna Dietrich noted, being a peer leader requires passion, confidence, and humility among many other traits—and I believe our RT discussions and team building for symposium create an effective and exciting package that deepens trilateral understanding and prepare us for the conference this summer.

—Lisa Kanai, 67th JASC American Executive Committee

Immigration Roundtable members for the Trilateral Symposium

Trilateral Symposium – Takeshi Hidaka (AEC Vice-Chair)

It’s amazing how quickly you can get accustomed to your surrounding environment. Although it’s only been a day since we arrived in DC and enjoyed a reunion with our fellow JASCers for the first time after the end of the conference, I already find myself taking it for granted how I get to hang out and have discussions with other JASCers in person, rather than over Skype. It feels as though no time has passed since we said bye to each other in late August.

We got started with our RT discussions today, and Urban Future and Its Challenges Roundtable met with Dr. Bertrand Renaud, an expert on urban development issues and real estate finance. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of information presented at the table, I remembered how I struggled as a delegate to keep up with RT discussions during JASC. Sleep deprivation, frustration of feeling stuck in discussion, and pressure to come up with a presentation in a limited amount of time… it was just like JASC all over again. But at the same time, there was something different about the mindset I had this time. After having gone through an intense month-long discussion during JASC and given a successful presentation at the final forum, I was feeling somewhat more optimistic. Even though I may be feeling lost and confused right now, we will be able to make progress as long as we keep at it (fingers crossed that it will actually work out. I suppose we will find out at the symposium on Thursday). After 66th JASC ended, I wondered how I would be able to maintain what I learned during JASC. The trilateral symposium has provided me an opportunity to see my growth since the end of the conference, and it has been reassuring to learn that my JASC experience still continues to impact me.

2014 ISC Holiday Party

(From left to right) ISC Board Member Ashley Lam, KASC Program Manager Minjun Chen, JASC and KASC alumni Jose Pulido, and Assistant Director Chelsea Irvin at ISC’s holiday party

On December 2, International Student Conferences (ISC) held its annual holiday party at Pasara Thai in Washington, D.C. ISC Board members, alumni from the Japan-America Student Conference and Korea-America Student Conference, and supporters came together to celebrate ISC’s JASC and KASC programs, and to give back for Giving Tuesday. Festive live jazz music played in the background and delicious Thai appetizers circulated among the guests as they mingled and chatted, reminiscing about their fond memories of the programs.

ISC Board President Kristy Holch and ISC Executive Director Yuuki Shinomiya made remarks on the importance of building people-to-people connections through student-led programs like JASC and KASC. Special guests included Mrs. Nobuko Sasae, who is on the board of IEC, a partner organization in Japan for ISC, and also the wife to the Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.

It was also Giving Tuesday, a day to give back to your favorite organization, so many of the guests donated money towards ISC’s programs and operations. Contributors received a JASC/KASC t-shirt from the combined 120 years the programs have been running. The contributions helped set ISC on its way to raising $5,000 by the end of this year, with a matching $5,000 donation from the Nimick Forbes Foundation if the goal is reached.

Live musical entertainment was provided by DC’s beloved jazz trio, Superior Cling.

Jazz band Superior Cling playing at the holiday party

MM LaFleur Fundraiser

 On November 21, ISC, in conjunction with MM.LaFleur, hosted a panel discussion on women in entrepreneurship. ISC’s Executive Director, Yuuki Shinomiya moderated the discussion with Ms. Sarah LaFleur (JASC 58, CEO & Founder of MM.LaFleur), Ms. Nobuko Sasae (board member of International Education Center, ISC’s counterpart in Japan and the wife of Japanese Ambassador to the USA), Ms. Morgan Gress (Editor at 1776), and Ms. Hilda Staples(Entrepreneur & Restaurateur)
Attendees then had the chance to try on and purchase items from MM.LaFleur and 10% of the overall sales went to support ISC!

Third KASC Alumni Reunion Party

Since the first official reunion in 2012, I’ve attended all of the KASC alumni reunions. The third alumni reunion was held in a café near Hongik Univ. Station and was organized by the 8th KASC ECs.

I came in and registered, and then had the chance to mingle with and catch up with other KASCers. Then, we were separated into teams and started playing games. My team consisted of various members from each KASC and it was fun to meet alumni from many different years. The games were fun and teams received awards when they won. Although dinner was not provided, there were enough snacks, sandwiches, and Kimbap to enjoy. After all the main event was over, we moved to another location to talk more and enjoy drinks.

It was a great chance to build my network with new KASCers! It also makes me happy to see old friends again and getting to know new people is exciting as well. I couldn’t attend this year’s final forum in Seoul so I didn’t know any of the new KASCers from the 7th. However, the reunion was a perfect chance to mingle with them and keep the bond strong as KASC alumni. I hope more and more KASCers can come to the next reunion party!

~Yoonjung Carol Choi (KASC 4 & 5)

A New Generation: Greetings from the 8th KEC Chair

Looking back on the unforgettable moments of 7th KASC, my experience made me grow and mature, and deeply affected my thoughts and attitude toward my life.

The 7th KASC had a huge positive impact on me. While spending a month with the 49 other delegates, I naturally, but at an astonishing speed, learned from and took in the strengths and virtues the other delegates possessed. We shared our ideas and experiences with one another in settings ranging from academic, to personal and professional. The 7th KASC created the perfect environment for me, enabling me to grow and become more mature without an exhausting struggle.

Next year, the 8th KASC will be held in the U.S. in July 2015 with the Theme of “Global Communication: Fostering Growth through Global Interface.” Delegates will travel to four sites: Sacramento, CA, Angola, IN, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, D.C. while sharing perspectives on the assigned RT topics, hearing RT-related lectures from eminent speakers, and engaging in cultural exchange with other delegates. As the 7th KASC was for me, the 8th KASC will be a unique opportunity for delegates to develop themselves both academically and personally.

The Executive Committee is working hard on planning the 8th KASC. We are recruiting heavily now, and are emphasizing adding even greater diversity to the 8th KASC, reaching out to applicants from different backgrounds and embracing differences among delegates. Furthermore, we are focusing on the academic aspect of the KASC, striving to further improve this aspect to add depth to the 8th KASC. The ECs are planning a well-balanced conference in terms of lectures and activities related to each roundtable and will work on useful guidelines for RT times both before and during the conference to facilitate RT time efficiently and professionally.

All the ECs including me are looking forward to meeting new 8th KASC delegates and making unforgettable memories of the 8th KASC in the States!

ISC Outing and Farewell to Our Spring Interns, Jungil and Paul!

On April 21st, ISC staff and interns had team lunch at Honeypig, a Korean BBQ restaurant in Annandale, VA. With such a nice weather, everybody was satisfied with their meal, such as Korean pancakes and BBQ. It was the perfect setting to say to say farewell to two of our spring interns, Jungil Son and Paul Park. They have successfully completed their internships at ISC after hard working for several months. Jungil has mainly done research for fundraising and will participating as a delegate in the 7th KASC, and Paul worked as a management intern, taking charge of recruitment and a social media project. ISC fully appreciates their contribution and  wish them all the best in their future endeavors.  We will miss you Jungil and Paul!!