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WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO CONNECT? Japanese Identity and Desire to Pass on the Language and Culture among Japanese Diaspora
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2017
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017
The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new

WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO CONNECT? Japanese Identity and Desire to Pass on the Language and Culture among Japanese Diaspora   org

概要:グローバル化の中で「移動」の時代を生きる私たちと日本、日本文化、日本語とのかかわりは今後どのように変化していくのだろうか。筆者は「日系ディアスポラ研究」の一環として、1960-70年代に渡英した人々が老年期を見据えて1996年にロンドンで創設した「英国日本人会」(JA)へのアンケート調査を実施した。

前半では、こうした英国に根を下ろした日本語話者が、自らと家族の言語使用や日本語の継承、日本との関係、終の棲家、アイデンティティをどのように捉えているかを探った調査とその結果についてお話ししたい。

後半では、JAの創設メンバーの1人であるウイリアムズ・モモコ氏をゲストに迎え、ウィリアムズ氏が立ち上げた「忘れな草」プロジェクト(1950年代以降イギリスに渡って活躍した人々へのビデオインタビュー http://wasurenagusa.org.uk/ja)より、主に日本語の保持と継承に深くかかわる内容のインタビューを紹介する。その後、講演とビデオの内容を踏まえて、参加者が日本語の保持・継承や、アイデンティティなどについてグループで話し合い、共有する。

Living in the age of global mobility, the concept of being Japanese cannot be stable and remain unchanged. Identity is determined by choices and actions individuals take and current socio-political and economical flow. In search for what makes Japanese themselves feel Japanese, Kazuko Miyake has been interviewing ‘Japanese Diaspora’ who have spent most of their lives outside of Japan. Recently she conducted a survey among the members of Japan Association in the UK (JA) and obtained intriguing results. JA was formed in 1996, the core members of which came to the UK in the 1960-70s and have settled ever since. This talk is about how people living outside Japan hold the Japanese sense of identity.

In the first half of the talk, Miyake will explain briefly the background of the lives of Japanese in the UK after the Second World War, then move on to the present survey. The results of the survey reveal the complexity of determining factors, such as the age of immigration, nationality, families’ language use, retainment and inheritance of Japanese language and culture, position towards Japan, choice of place to spend last days, etc.

In the latter half of the talk, one of the founding members of JA, Momoko Williams, who now leads the Wasurena-gusa project, will speak about the project. The project's aim is to preserve a record of Japanese who have lived and made significant contributions to the Japanese community since the 1950s. Short video clips of interviews that are relevant to the maintenance and inheritance of Japanese language will be shown, followed by Williams’ explanation and Miyake’s comments. The audience will be given some time to discuss in groups and share their opinions with other participants.

参加費:無料  Free entry
言語 日本語 This lecture will be held entirely in Japanese.

参加費:無料  Free entry
言語 日本語 This lecture will be held entirely in Japanese.

Note: As this event is now fully-booked, we are no longer accepting applications. We apologise for any disappointment caused.


Date: 16 September 2017 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue:

 

SOAS, University of London. WC1H 0XG(Room B102)


Co-organised by The Japan Foundation London and SOAS.

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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2017   org

The Japan Foundation is once again delighted to be participating in Japan Matsuri, London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture held at Trafalgar Square.

Come and visit our stand to get information about the Japan Foundation and Japanese language. This year, for the first time, we'll even be holding mini tasters in Japanese throughout the day, where you can learn some useful Japanese words and phrases for travelling to Japan!

For more information about Japan Matsuri, please see their official webiste.


Date: 24 September 2017 from 10.00am to 8.00pm
Venue:

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday December 3rd 2017. It will be held at SOAS University of London, the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, 5th October for all 3 test sites. Sites will close earlier when the number of applicants reach the maximum. We highly recommend you to submit the application as early as possible to secure your place at your preferred site.

Please make sure you apply directly at the university where you wish to take the test.

1. SOAS University of London   Registration start: Late August
If you require special arrangements, please contact the university before applying by mid September

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at SOAS. 

As the maximum number of applicants has been reached, applications to take the test at SOAS are now closed.

2. University of Edinburgh    Registration start: 21 August 2017, 10am
If you require special arrangements, please contact the university before applying by 8th September, 4pm

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at the University of Edinburgh

3. Cardiff University    Registration start: 21st August 2017

Applicants requiring special arrangements should contact the university by email stating 'special arrangements' in the subject line before making an application by 8th September.

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at Cardiff University

For more information about the JLPT please click here to visit the official JLPT website.


Date: 3 December 2017
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The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 24th February 2018 at King’s College London.

:: Contest Aims
The main purpose of the event is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language. Through this event, we hope to promote Japanese language learning at higher education level in the UK and Ireland.

:: Who can apply?
The contest is aimed at undergraduate students who are currently studying Japanese as a foreign language at a university in the UK or Ireland.

There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category: The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a university in the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
Application Deadline: 9th November 2017

2. Individual Presentation Category: The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner/intermediate level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 1st December 2017

3. Group Presentation Category: Aimed at those studying Japanese at beginner level. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 8th December 2017

Videos from the 12th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

Please see the files below for contest poster, FAQ and application forms for each category.


Date: 21 August 2017 - 8 December 2017
Download FAQ(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Speech_Category(13)
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category(13)
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