In attempting to keep up with our rapidly globalizing world, companies and individuals have been forced to develop a more global mindset and we are increasingly aware that persons who live and work between cultures play a vital role in this process. Anil K. Gupta defines a global mindset as “one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures” (2006). In Japanese, such persons who bridge cultures are metaphorically referred to as Kakehashi, a term that literally means “bridge across.” Given the globalization of business and current political realities, there is an urgent need for individuals with Kakehashi-like abilities. This symposium is inspired by this powerful metaphor of the bridge and by its creator, Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933), arguably Japan’s most respected international diplomat. Nitobe is renowned for his life-long dedication to the promotion of understanding between nations and peoples with a diversity of cultural values.
- Keynote lecture by Professor Emeritus Matsuo Soga
- Panel Discussion: Voices of Kakehashi
Panelists include those who had /have active intercultural experiences, ranging from graduates from local Japanese language schools, people who had extensive transnational experiences in their childhood, and learners of Japanese language and culture.
- Keynote lecture (via Skype) by Mr. Shigeru Kojima (JICA Yokohama Overseas Migration Museum)
Organized by Voices of Kakehashi Committee: Kunihiko Naito, Tomoko Bailey, Naoko Takei, Tad Suzuki, Hiroko Noro
Sponsored by Department of Asian Studies, UBC, and Midge Michiko Ayukawa Fund
For more information, please contact Hiroko Noro (firstname.lastname@example.org)