In this month’s edition of the Emerson Today, one of my college’s newspapers, a story highlights Paul Niwa, one of my Sports Journalism professors. I had no idea before this class that a influencial Japanese-American would be teaching and going to Beijing with me! Not only was Paul on a team that launched NBC Asia, he’s also been granted exclusive interviews with such nobel peace prize winners as Aung San Suu Kyi. It is such an amazing learning environment to have Paul’s experience and insights brought into the classroom! Because of Paul and activities outside of the classroom, I’ve shed a little of my Western perspective of China. This is opening up a fantastic exploration and awareness of a culture that’s complexities and richness is absolutely fascinating. I can’t wait to dive head first into the middle of it all in Beijing this summer and piece together more about the elusive China.
Here’s the article:
Niwa is part of delegation to Japan
V.I.P. VISIT. Assistant Professor of Journalism Paul Niwa (left) recently traveled to Japan as part of the 2008 Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program. He was one of 13 influential Japanese-Americans from across the country chosen to participate in the program by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other groups.
The purpose of the visit was to improve understanding and strengthen relations between Japanese-Americans and Japan and to develop ongoing strategies to enhance the role of Japanese-Americans in advancing U.S.-Japan relations.
Highlights of Niwa’s trip included meeting Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (right) at Japan’s equivalent of the White House, giving a speech on workplace diversity to Japan’s next generation of CEOs and traveling throughout the country learning about Japanese culture and history. “If I were to go to Japan on my own, I would have never experienced these things,” said Niwa.