Archive for August 2017

JUSFC Meet Our Grantees Series: International Student Conference/Japan-Student American Conference

August 28, 2017 – 

Eighty-three years ago, before World War II, students concerned about the relationship between the United States and Japan created the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). JASC is a student-led exchange that allows young people from each country to spend a month together learning, growing and finding new ways to build the bilateral relationship.

In 2008, the Korea-America Student Conference began, which

then led to the creation of a parent organization, International Student Conferences (ISC). Both programs work to identify future leaders for the Asia-Pacific region to expand interest in and strengthen relationships between the countries.

JUSFC recently spoke with ISC’s Executive Director Linda Butcher. Butcher says the mission and values of JUSFC and ISC-JASC are closely aligned, both working to strengthen the U.S.-Japan partnership through education, culture and intellectual conversation. “As an institutional grantee, we’re very fortunate to have JUSFC’s support. These relationships are stronger because that financial support allows us to continue the conversation,” Butcher adds.

JASC is the first and oldest student-led exchange program. Benefits of participating include professional growth, leadership skills development and increased cultural understanding.

“The confidence that the students gain through speaking opportunities is inspiring,” Butcher says. The program helps expand communication skills and gain insight beyond media headlines and stereotypes. Alumni report the program changed their life and many continue to stay engaged with the U.S.-Japan relationship.

This year, JASC is hosting its 69th conference, bringing together 72 Japanese and American students of all backgrounds and perspectives. Host cities include Tokyo, Kyoto, and first-time host prefectures Ehime and Mie.

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Five Outstanding Artists Selected for U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program

August 2, 2017 – 

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2017: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that a group of five outstanding artists from the United States have been selected to participate in the 2017 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. The artists will travel to Japan during the 2018 calendar year to pursue their residency. Since the program’s inception in 1978, more than 170 U.S. artists, representing a diverse range of disciplines, have been selected to travel to Japan for this residency.

The 2017 group of U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program fellows includes:

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, Brooklyn, NY – Interdisciplinary Architects

Derek Gromadzki, Florissant, MO –  Translator and Author

Jose Alfredo Navarrete-Perez, Oakland, CA – Choreographer

Laurel Salinas-Nakanishi , Miami, FL – Writer

Jesse Schlesinger, San Francisco, CA – Visual and Social Practice Artist

“We are delighted to announce the new group of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program”, said Paige Cottingham-Streater, Executive Director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. “The program continues to be a priority for the Commission as well as the National Endowment for the Arts as we promote cultural and artistic exchange between the United States and Japan.”

Since 1978, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the International House of Japan (I-House) and the Government of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs have administered the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected to spend three… » READ MORE