J-Center at the USCCD
The J-Center serves as a clearinghouse for all things Japanese in the American Midwest.
An online database of Japanese cultural organizations, community exchanges, sports clubs, language groups, and business associations highlight the vibrant network of Japan-related opportunities in 12 states of the American Heartland.
The J-Center strengthens, promotes, and expands existing exchange and outreach activities aimed at fostering ties between Japan and the American Midwest. J-Center operations unite educational, governmental, business-oriented, and non-profit organizations with the shared vision of strong Japan-U.S. relationships.
The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) study abroad program is a product of the strong sister state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture. "Japan-Go!" is a fun cultural immersion experience in beginning-level Japanese language, enhanced by site excursions, daily activities, and first-hand learning in Japan.
Primary Source offers educators an opportunity to explore Japan through its history, arts, and literature. With an emphasis on Japan post-1853, this eight-session online course integrates an overview of Japanese history and culture with extensive consideration of the best pedagogical approaches to translate such learning into effective teaching. Drawing on course content and innovative Web 2.0 tools, participants will also construct curricular materials for use in their own classrooms.
Alexander Bruess shares his study aborad story in Japan as part of the Iowa-Yamanashi Sister State Scholarship program. Alexander is from New Hartford, Iowa. After he graduated from Emory University with a degree in East Asian Studies, Alexander realized that he would need to return to Japan to enhance his language skills and knowledge of the country before he pursued a PhD in Japanese history.