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  • OUT SIDE THE BOX

    NEWSPAPER WRITING PROJECT SPRING 2008

    VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

    WHAT’S OUTSIDE the Box?

    PAGE 2 NORWAY PAGE 5 CANADA

    PAGE 3 INTERVIEW with Dr. Bald PAGE 6-7 TAIWAN

    PAGE 4 SPAIN PAGE 8 ENGLAND

    Dr. Suresht R. Bald is a professor

    from the United States. Her speciality

    is women’s studies. She occasionally

    comes to JIU to teach students. She

    began teaching for the first time here

    at JIU from 1997 to 1998...

    Dr. Suresht R. Bald

    An Interview with a Visiting Professor

    MORE ON PAGE 3

    http://www.jiu.ac.jp

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    Norway Yes Way

    Population: 4,736,860

    Official Language: Norwegian (Bokmal and Nynorsk)

    Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK) 1 NOK ≈ 20 yen

    *A bottle of mineral water (500ml) ≈ 20 NOK

    Calling Code: +47

    Norway is located in northern Eu- rope and occupies the western Scandinavia peninsula. Area-wise, Norway is a little bit bigger than Japan. Fishery in Norway is similar to Japan. For example, Norway also has whaling. Norway exports pol- lack and Atlantic salmon to Japan. Norway delivers a great deal of oil as well. Norway ranks third in the world for oil exports next to Russia and Saudi Arabia.

    Let’s ask a Norwegian student I interviewed Jari Sundell who is a student at the University of Oslo, which is a sister school of JIU. He came to JIU to study Japanese as an exchange student. He has been here for 9 months. He is usually in the Center for Language for Education lounge, and he always tries to talk to Japanese and other foreign students (in Japanese!).

    Koei: What’s the difference between school life here and in Norway? Jari: In Japan, I have more classes than I used to have in Norway. K: Are Japanese classes hard for you? J: Not really. In Japan, classes are much easier than in Norway. In Norway, students study by themselves a lot because exams are really hard. Norwegians have a strong sense of self responsibility. K: What was your image of Japan before you came here? J: The term “Japan” reminded of Japanese animation first. I thought there are buildings everywhere in Japan; however, it wasn’t true. K: Did you find out something new about Japan after you came here? J: I think there is still old-fashioned think- ing. In Japan, overtime work is common. Thus, Japanese work really hard. On the other hand, Norwegians don’t. It’s a para- dox. We make money only for our daily needs.

    K: So, what’s your image of Japan now? J: It’s a quiet place. I was surprised at that there are few buildings and especially here, only rice fields on the way to JIU from Gu- myo Station. Students at JIU like talking to foreign students more than the ones where I studied in Japan before. Students here don’t hesitate to communicate. K: What do you eat here? J: I love Japanese food, so I usually go out to eat here. I like tonkatsu and yakiniku restaurants. I hardly ever eat out in Norway because it’s expensive. It costs more than 2000 yen. Usually, I only eat out three times a year in Norway. K: Finally, how did you “change” through studying here? J:I became more sociable through commu- nicating with other students. I really like the school life here, so I want to stay here. K: Well, thanks for talking with me. J: It was fun. Thanks.

    By Koei

    Jari Sundell

    Norway

    UK

    France

    SPAIN

  • Dr. Suresht R. Bald is a visiting professor from the United States. Her speciality is in women’s studies. She occasionally comes to JIU to teach JIU students as a visiting professor because she is involved in the gender program. She first began teaching here at JIU from 1997 to 1998. She has been to Japan at least ten times. She came to just visit Japan for the first time

    in 1984. She doesn’t understand Japanese well; how- ever, she said that it’s not hard for her to live in Japan without speaking Japanese because Japanese people are very kind. She also said that languages are just a part of communication. You can use other things to communicate, such as nonverbal communication.

    How is life different here then where you are from in Oregon?

    Since my Japanese is almost non-existent life in Japan is always a great adventure. I try to un- derstand people through their body language and other cues such as tone of voice etc. Sometimes I am completely off but it is surprising to me how much I can make out.

    In Oregon I cook at home a lot. In japan it is easy to pick up cooked food from the grocery store. I love eel, so dinner is very quick to prepare with cooked eel bought from Nagasakia! In Japan I can get a lot of reading done because except for the news there is nothing interesting for me to watch on the TV. I get up very early in Japan because it gets light so early. In Oregon I drive everywhere - I drive the 50 or 60 miles to see a friend in Portland but in Japan the public transport is so much better that it is faster and easier to take a train to Tokyo.

    Besides Togane, what is your favorite place in Japan? Why?

    I love Hokkaido. The people there are so friendly and helpful. My favourite spot is a park in Sap- poro which is full of sculptures by Noguchi. The children’s slides, jungle jims etc are all his sculp- tors. It is magnificent. My other favorite place is Kamakura.

    Finally, do you think a women could become Prime Minister of Japan?

    I would love to see that happen but I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.

    Interview with Dr. Suresht R. Bald

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    What classes do you teach?

    Over the years I have taught graduate courses in Gender studies : Feminist Theory, Gender and the State, Research Methods in Gender Studies, History of Feminism in the US, and Gender and Modernization; and undergraduate courses : Women in Asia, Gender and Globalization, and History and Politics of India.

    How may times have you been to Japan?

    I first came to Japan in September 1997 with students from Willamette. I was the director of their semester abroad progarm. We were at Tokyo International Univer- sity in Kawagoe. At that time I met chancellor S. Mizuta and President Noriko Mizuta. They invited me to come to JIU for a year to help with the Gender Studies program. So I took a year’s leave from my position at Willamette University and came to JIU in September 1998. Since then I have been coming to JIU every year except one to teach the core courses in Gender Studies.

    By Koei

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    Interesting Facts

    1. Many Japanese don’t know this, but Spain is ranked 3rd in the world for the consumption of cigarettes.

    2. Do you know the lollipops called Chupa Chups? They are made in Spain and the package was designed by Salvador Dali.

    3. Meal times are very different. Actually, most Spaniards eat five times a day! Breakfast is from about 7 to 8. Then they have two snack times where they like to eat sandwiches or something light. Those times are at 11 o’clock and 5 o’clock. In between is lunch, which goes from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock. Finally, dinner can be as late as 10 o’clock or midnight.

    I: Is there any difference in daily life between Spain and Japan? R: Yes, so many things are different. For example, supermar- kets and the meal times… I: So, how about you Alberto? A: Personally in Japan I can plan my schedule for one day reliably. If you visit some place, trains are going to arrive at the right time and when you send a package, you can know when it is going to arrive. In Spain you have to be flexible in daily life. I: OK. What images did you have about Japan before you came and now that you are here? A: I already knew enough about Japan that my images didn’t change much. Maybe before I thought Japan was a homoge- neous state but, right now actually, Japan has many varia- tions. I: And you Ruben? R: Well, before I knew only about movies, Japanese language, anime and something like that. And I didn’t know about Japanese daily life. Now I understand a lot more about Japan.

    For example, human relations are important – the use of respectable language when talking with your teachers. I: What do you think about Japanese food? R: It’s great. But, you know Spanish food isn’t similar to Japa- nese food. Spanish food uses olive oil for almost everything. A: I think so, too. I: Why did you decide to come to JIU? R: Well, JIU is near Tokyo. That’s the main reason. Because I didn’t know anything about JIU but, I had a kind of feeling that it is a good place. A: Well, just to work. I didn’t have any reasons. I: What tourist spots or attractions do you recommend in Spain? R: Barcelona. It is a really good place to visit. You can see or study or feel some art, culture, something like that. And I think the most interesting place is Ramblas, because there are so many shops, fashion, food, souvenirs and so on. I: Thanks for talking with me. Gracias. R: Sure. Ningun problema. A: You’re welcome. Denada.

    ➥➦ España

    Population: 43,197,684 Official language: Spanish. Other languages: Catalan Currency: Euro 1 Euro = 166 yen Fun Facts: Bottle of Coca-Cola (500ml) = 1.5 Euro = 240 yen

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    Reino de España or Kingdom of Spain is in southwestern Europe. The climate is almost the same as Japan. Spain’s rainy season starts at the end of March and goes until the beginning of April.

    By Ryuta

    Alberto Alberto is te