The 68th annual Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) brought together 72 U.S. and Japanese college students to study, work, live, and travel together as a group. They visited four U.S. cities–Boston, Washington DC, Missoula, and San Francisco for twenty-three days this past August.
Ms. Lisa Takagi, UHM undergraduate student double majoring in Japanese and Psychology, participated in the 68th annual JASC with a scholarship from the Center for Japanese Studies, UHM. Read about her experiences below!
For more information on JASC, please see website: iscdc.org/jasc
Next year, JASC will go to Japan!
I was more than fortunate to have attended this conference on a full-funded scholarship from the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. If I could come up with one word to describe this experience it would be metamorphic. The delegates of JASC were unified with valuable individuals who shared their exceptional knowledge unearthing their own unique passions and interests with others. My roundtable group, Law, Society and Our Changing Future, discussed controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and death penalty, attained with a concentration on the Right to Life and Justice as our final forum presentation. Not a day goes by without thinking about each moment I’ve spent this journey with them. My roundtable members came into the door as strangers, who turned into lifelong friends who I’m confident enough to say that will be guests to my future wedding (although not anytime soon!). My JASC experience was a compass, refining my directions towards US-Japan culture, my identity, and a deeper vision of the world ahead.