テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス創立20周年記念

エッセイ&フォトコンテスト「あなたの考える日本の国際化」入賞作品の紹介


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スミス 多美里さん
京都外大西高等学校3年生
「My View on Japan’s Internationalization」



In my photography class in Boston we were asked to take a photo on the subject of diversity. In the first weeks of my year as an exchange student I had learned about the special meaning of the word diversity: people of different races, of different cultures, of different religions. I know that the expected diversity for the assignment had to be visible and dramatic. When schools, festivals, and organizations want people from diverse backgrounds, visible and dramatic diversity is best. Black, Asian, White. Saris, jeans and yukata. Men and women. Kids and grandparents. The appearance of diversity gives us no idea whether the diverse people are getting along naturally as they would if they were members of the same group or not.

My roommate was Black. One of my parents is Asian and the other a Canadian with British roots. A photo of the roommates hugging would have been what was expected. Cute photogenic diversity. Instead, I took a picture of cups. A Christmas mug, a tall fast food cup, my water glass and a paper coffee cup from the dorm cafeteria. Diversity in our everyday lives. No big deal. It's everywhere. Different cups are interesting but they all are still just cups and we mostly pay attention to their function. If our cups are only decorative and never used for drinking, we recognize the silliness and the wastefulness of the concept.

Except for my year in Boston, in Japan I have been the only person in my class, and most often alone in the school, who appeared to be the member of a visible minority group. What a drag that can be! We all know that, don't we? The invisible us is the real us. The invisible us connects with other invisible selves. Invisible diversity deserves our attention..


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安藤 尚子さん
明治学園高等学校3年生
「Fired Up about Internationalization」

I'll introduce the three types of people who participate in internationalization. The first type is the oil stove type. They are very curious and have many interests, so that they try to begin something--for example, a foreign language--immediately. However, they get tired soon and given up. That is similar to oil stove, which is easy to light and easy to put out.

The second type I call the wood stove type. To light some firewood is not easy, and to extinguish it is not difficult. These people seem to be slow to start something and quick to give up. For instance, even if they make very big plans, they are soon discouraged by the largeness of their own project. Think of internationalization projects of the Japanese government; most of them fit this type. Though it is necessary to accept foreigners, to help developing countries, and to know about freeing culture, the progress stops short of remarkable achievement.

Thirdly there are the people whom I'll call the coal stove type. They are the opposite of the first group. Like a coal stove, which is hard to light but won't go out easily, they are slow to begin something but their interests last for a long time. They make plans carefully, implement them steadily, and carry them on patiently.

I assert that we should be the coal stove type. Local exchanges between Cameroon and Nakatsue Village, where Cameroon soccer players stayed before the World Cup, have resulted in a good relationship between Cameroon and Japan. The small activity of villagers tied the two countries. Beginning from small efforts, if we keep on acting patiently, I'm sure we can achieve a big success that no one can extinguish.