Los Angeles and Nagoya held an celebration named the “Student Trade Plan Reunion 2021” on the net beginning on July 30 with around 80 persons in attendance.
The occasion was jointly sponsored by the Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister Town Affiliation (LANSCA), which celebrated the 60th anniversary of the sister-city partnership in 2019, and the International Exchanges Portion of the Metropolis of Nagoya. Its reason was to rekindle the ties involving former pupils and chaperones from the Student Trade Application as properly as participating university officers, host people, and many others.
The university student exchange program has been carried out for the previous 60 years, with each and every sister city sending 4 substantial college learners and a chaperone to the other sister metropolis in alternate a long time throughout summer months family vacation. On the Los Angeles side, the exchange software has been financed with cash raised by LANSCA volunteers.
Teruko Weinberg, who produced the strategy for the function as chairwoman of LANSCA, described the reunion’s essential premise: “We experienced to halt the Scholar Trade System in 2020 since of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the final trade staying Los Angeles college students who visited Nagoya in 2019. I saw a way to defeat this crack in the method by creating a virtual party that would revive the memories and activities of plan alumni and also come to be a product for a very similar yearly event in the foreseeable future. We made a decision to give this strategy an initial try out and set it up with the Town of Nagoya.”
The celebration utilised the Net to join participants collected at Nagoya’s Global Education Middle with other individuals signing up for remotely from household. It was led by two individuals as emcees: Megumi Endo of the Town of Nagoya and Dickson Perey, chairman of the LANSCA Scholar Trade Program.
At the outset Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura arrived to the World-wide Training Center and gave his remarks in English, emphasizing the significance of the romance of friendship in between Los Angeles and Nagoya.
He was followed by online video messages from Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nina Hachigian and Akira Muto, consul standard of Japan in Los Angeles.
Next on the method were alumni of the program, together with previous chaperones who appeared on display screen a person by one particular and talked about their recollections of the plan as effectively as their present-day lives.
Karl Lin, an trade student from Los Angeles in 2015, recalled how his participation in the software during high college turned a turning point in his daily life: “I am now attending Tokyo University as a Fulbright scholar. When I was in Nagoya, I was unhappy that I could not communicate very well with my host family due to the fact I spoke no Japanese. With that in intellect, I double-majored in science and Japanese at college or university (in the U.S.) and am now pursuing publish-graduate reports in Japan.”
Cindy Martinez, who was a chaperone in demand of 4 pupils from Los Angeles in 2019, stated, “I acquired a new Japanese spouse and children all through my continue to be in Nagoya. When persons inquire what I like most about Nagoya, I explain to them it’s how great all the persons are.”
It is predicted that the Scholar Exchange Application will return to its standard structure in the summer months of 2022 with significant university pupils from Los Angeles touring to Nagoya.