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Portland Public Schools Information
World Language Department: Learn more about the best practices, benefits from learning a second language and more. http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum/1479.htm
Local Japanese Organizations
Consular Office of Japan in Portland – “It is our goal to continue, support and develop [the] relationship [between Japan and Oregon], and through the daily activities of this office, to be a helpful presence to the Japanese and local communities. Furthermore, this office aims to go beyond its fundamental political and economic duties and devote itself to providing services and information to deepen the understanding of Japan in the region.” http://www.portland.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/
Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) – A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business, education, and cultural exchange, enhancing mutual understanding between the people of Japan, Oregon, and SW Washington.
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (Oregon Nikkei Endowment – ONE) – Founders of the Japanese American History Museum in Old Town, Portland. They ensure that the history, art and culture of the Nikkei are preserved and shared with the community for generations to come.
Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association (PSSCA) – A non-profit fostering and promoting cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Japan, the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association was founded in 1959 and celebrated its 50th successful year in 2009. Several Japanese Immersion Program members sit on their Board of Directors, including the student representative. The PSSCA also awards scholarship money for students of the Sapporo Summer Institute.
Higher Education (local affiliates)
Oregon State University: Asian Studies – “The Asian Studies Program at Oregon State University offers an undergraduate minor that fosters knowledge and understanding of Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective. [It] provides an opportunity for students majoring in fields such as business, engineering, or sciences who will be working in Asia or with Asian populations to gain a significant degree of cultural literacy that will be critical for their professional success. In addition, the program is an outstanding supplement to a traditional liberal arts major for students with particular interests in Asia, who want to study abroad, or who plan to go on to do graduate work in Asian related areas.” http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/asian-studies-program
Portland State University: Center for Japanese Studies – “The Center for Japanese Studies supports research on Japan and the Japanese American experience. CJS provides a forum for related academic activities and the free exchange of ideas. The Center is committed to preparing PSU students to become leaders in business, government, arts, and the academy by fostering cross-cultural understanding. It seeks to facilitate understanding of Japan as well as the Japanese American experience among students, faculty, and the greater Portland community through a variety of curricular and outreach programs.” http://www.pdx.edu/cjs/home
University of Oregon: Asian Studies – “The University of Oregon’s Asian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary instructional component of the College of Arts and Sciences. The program emphasizes study in Asian languages, history, society and culture, art and literature, politics and economics.” http://cascourses.uoregon.edu/asianstudies/
Higher Education (Japanese affiliates)
Hokkaido University, Modern Japanese Studies Program – “The Modern Japanese Studies Program (MJSP) is a brand new four-year Bachelor’s Degree program, which is preceded by a six-month Foundation Course for those without sufficient Japanese to enter the Bachelor’s Degree program directly. MJSP gives a comprehensive education in the language and society of Japan. The program has four main characteristics: Intensive study of the Japanese language – you should be completely fluent on graduation; The study of Japan in four main academic disciplines – history, cultural studies, sociology and political economy; Co-learning with Japanese students – you will take many classes with your Japanese peers; and A curriculum that allows you to discover your Japan from the unique and multicultural vantage point of Japan’s northernmost island.” Click here for a downloadable brochure.
Waseda University, Contemporary Japanese Studies Program – “The Contemporary Japanese Studies Program is designed to provide students with rich understanding of Japanese society through the comprehensive study of the current state of thought in Japan and applied studies from various disciples in humanities, natural and social sciences. The program aims to prepare students for a future of international activities in Japan and beyond through a broad education and the opportunity to gain communication skills tailored to the global era”
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) – “The JET Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The Program also helps to develop foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level through fostering ties between Japanese youth and JET Program participants from around the world. The objectives of the Program are being achieved by offering college/university graduates the opportunity to serve in local governments or public junior high and high schools throughout Japan.” http://www.portland.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jp/en/culture/topic_04.html