||Two CCSU Students Attend Japanese
Two CCSU students visited Atsugi, the Japanese sister
city of CCSU’s hometown of New Britain, during a conference of municipal
representatives from the USA, China, Japan, and South Korea in February.
Lisa Daigle, a junior majoring in criminal justice, and
Christian Lyon, a junior and a German major who has also studied Japanese at
CCSU, were selected from among 55 students who applied for the weeklong
study trip to Japan offered under the auspices of the University’s George R.
Muirhead Center for International Education (CIE).
Dr. Robert N. Aebersold, Interim President, said: “We
are delighted to offer this exciting overseas learning experience to CCSU
students, in keeping with the CIE’s role as Connecticut’s Center for
Excellence in International Education. We are proud and honored to be active
in the New Britain-Atsugi Sister City Program.”
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, professor of economics and
director of CCSU’s East Asian Studies Center, with CCSU students Lisa Daigle
and Christian Lyon in Atsugi, Japan
“Through academic exchanges, our students broaden their
personal knowledge of another culture, while experiencing the ‘global
village’ we so often hear about, as they compare and contrast their stay in
a foreign culture with life in their own,” noted CIE Interim Director Lisa
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, professor of economics and director of
CCSU’s East Asian Studies Center, and (then) Mayor William J. McNamara
founded the Atsugi-New Britain sister city relationship in 1983. McNamara,
now a German instructor at CCSU, is president of the New Britain Sister City
Committee, which maintains links with communities in Japan, Germany, Greece,
Italy, and Poland. During the Atsugi visit, Kim represented CCSU, which is
the beneficiary of a scholarship dedicated to promoting Japanese-American
cultural relations and is named in Kim’s honor. McNamara also participated
in the Atsugi conference.
The New Britain Sister City Program is a joint venture
between the City of New Britain and the University. Over the years, CCSU
students have participated in cultural and educational events in some of New
Britain’s sister cities, and the University has hosted students and other
representatives from the sister cities.
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