Thursday, January 24, 2008

Japan-America and Korea-American Student Conferences

Talk to Professor Fields in PG about Asian Studies funds for these conferences if you are interested in attending. Find out more about both here. Deadlines are 2/8 (Japan) and 3/1 (Korea).

60th Japan-America Student Conference
July 25 - August 21, 2008
Theme:Students Redefining Their Role through Insight and Action

Long-standing and dynamic, the relationship between Japan and America is one that intimately knows both the strains of war and the fruits of peace. It is a strong testament to the power that resides in the exchange of ideas. Ever since its inception in 1934, the Japan-America Student Conference has been driven by ambitious students aspiring to initiate open dialog in the hope of improving the international community. If we can speak of a JASC tradition, then it is certainly innovation – students working as agents of change.

The 60th JASC is an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a student today. As both a conference and a generation, we aim to redefine responsible global citizenship, to consider previously marginalized voices and to ask ourselves not only what we know, but how we come to know it. Our goal this year is to cultivate new perspectives and inspire action: through discussion roundtables, forums, and community engagement, we challenge the delegates to redefine their role in the world and prepare to influence history once again.

1st Korea-America Student Conference
July 5 - 31, 2008
Theme: "A New Look at the U.S.-Korea Alliance”

Created due to military necessity, the U.S. Korea alliance has grown and evolved over the last fifty years. Today, the Republic of Korea and the US work as partners on issues ranging from trade agreements and nuclear threats to education and technology.

Over the next year both Korea and the US will undergo changes in leadership which could significantly impact their policies and interactions worldwide. As this alliance continues to change, KASC will ensure students play an active role as they prepare to become the next generation of leaders.