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Realer Tips From Gay to Gay About Going Abroad

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 December 5th, 2015|

日本に住むためにとても重要な話 Not too long ago, I wrote this after I returned from living abroad. After that piece was published it received some positive online feedback, but most importantly folks reached out to me directly. They told me that they had identified with my message, and that they intimately understood my attempt to alert “the community” about some of the complexities we face being the “other” studying abroad. From those inquiries a conversation started about experiences living abroad, facing alienation, loneliness, or isolation because of location and personal identity. My basic advice then and now (after research) is to do away with trying to fit in all together! From the dialogue I shared with those who read the piece, I realized [...]

JET Program Tips

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 December 5th, 2015|

Personal Narrative from International Teacher in Japan: My friend's daughter is a quarter Japanese. Her daughter often feels like she doesn’t have any true friends, only friends who want to use her for some benefit/purpose), a bias against students who are half black or half any other Asian, and usually any other foreigner in general. However as the foreign English teacher, the kids usually like me and are really nice. Although I must say my high school students were more inclusive in that they would go out of their way to ask me to join volleyball etc. I think they don’t have a particularly inclusive nature as far as LGBTQ students just because I think it is just mostly ignored. [...]

Tierra’s Story, an African American female JET Alum

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 December 5th, 2015|

My Story: I came to Japan in 2011 with the JET program. Before that experience I did a semester in Kansai and a 1 month exchange program during high school. With my experiences I thought I knew all about life in Japan. However, I found that nothing could prepare me for life as an English teacher there. My placement in JET put me in a southern city in Kyushu prefecture. When I started working, my coworkers were very friendly and, in my opinion, accustomed to seeing foreigners. However, it was quite different when I went to teach at the schools. Most of the teachers assumed I couldn’t speak Japanese and were very surprised to learn that I could. For the [...]

AIU, First Gen & Social Justice ED

2017-03-11T13:36:28+00:00 December 5th, 2015|

“In Japan, social justice issues are not regularly talked about in the classroom. Students who choose to study abroad here at AIU, especially those who are coming from diverse campuses where social justice is ingrained in the curriculum, can be an asset to the classrooms here by sharing their campus experiences with traditional students. This gives the Japanese students the opportunity to take in the stories and become challenged to at least think about their own experiences.” Dr. Miller teaches an English learning class where students are assigned reading on heavy social justice issues, such as those pertaining to the LGBTQ community, to begin to get them thinking about their views on such issues. Since the language ability varies in [...]