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Japan Outreach Initiative

Erika Norikami is KU’s Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator, who works to develop a deeper understanding of Japan throughout Kansas and Western Missouri. Erika arrived in August 2012 and has already worked for one year of her two-year residency at the Center for East Asian Studies. She is available to visit schools and community organizations to conduct Japanese language and cultural activities. 


Erika Norikami was born and raised in Osaka, Japan's third largest city, famously known as that country's kitchen. Erika graduated with a degree in English language from Kansai Gaidai University.  During her college career, she also was an exchange student for 10 months at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  In addition, she served as a resident assistant at an international students' dormitory in Japan, helping foreigners meet the challenges of their daily lives and studies. Since graduating, Erika has worked as a global training and operations client coordinator in the English education industry then took a six-month course to become an English instructor for children.

Sample Presentation Topics
Japanese language 
Calligraphy
Chopstick challenges
Tea ceremony
Origami
Traditions, events and ceremonies

Information Flyer [PDF]
Details the kinds of programs Erika will be available to present.


New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

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