The first “Chinese study tour” by our Department of Chinese Studies’ students and international students at our Department of Japanese Studies was held with Asuwa High School students who are studying Chinese. The event was featured on the August 6th (Tuesday) issue of a local newspaper in Fukui prefecture called Fukui Shimbun (on page 23 of the morning newspaper). A total of 12 students from both institutions deepened their understanding of the differences in Japanese and Chinese cultures as well as the meaning of a diverse society.
The tour started on Monday, August 5th, at “Kuma Café” (in Kumadani, Echizencho), where students of the Curator Qualification Course of our University Museum of Cultures use as their base of operation for their Echizen Field Museum project. The group removed weeds from paddy fields on the 6th (Tuesday), and divided into groups to present their thoughts about the differences in habitual practices between Japan and China on the 7th (Wednesday).
Associate Professor Noriko Shimamura of our Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of Chinese Studies described the importance of this activity as “a meaningful opportunity for students with different cultural backgrounds to recognize diversity, influence one another, and grow together.” In addition, Professor Hiroshi Minami of our Faculty of Global Engagement’s Department of Global Tourism said, “the act of welcoming students together with the local community inspired us for new engagement activities in the future.”