ICAS Event: Going Abroad for Education - Meiji Era and Now

Presented by The Harvard Club of Japan, in collaboration with TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Friday, February 4, 2011
6:30 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:00 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212/213 (Access)
Seijiro Koyama
Kyle Cleveland, Temple University, Japan Campus
Free. Open to general public.
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Director's talk by Seijiro Koyama on his dramatic film "Gakko Wo Tsukuro" about the founding of Senshu University and discussion with members of U.S. College Alumni Network of Japan (USCANJ).

Four samurai in the Meiji Era went abroad to study in the USA one at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Rutgersand returned home to found Senshu Daigaku 130 years ago.

Seijiro Koyama, director of numerous films including the megahit "Hachiko Mongatari" in 1987, will speak about his period drama film Gakko Wo Tsukuro (Let's Create a School) depicting this story, a story that is highly resonant today when we read articles every week about the decline in Japanese students studying abroad, and the need to make Japanese education more relevant and globally competitive.

The film, which will be released in commercial theaters in Japan in mid-February, does not yet have English subtitles, so we will show a ten minute trailer with English narration and hear directly from the director with an interpreter provided. Brief location shots of period buildings on the campuses of Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Rutgers are used in the film.

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