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Introduction

Watch the video above, which includes comments by American students who have studied about U.S.–Japan relations and now serve as bridges between the two countries. They have participated in Stanford University's Reischauer Scholars Program, an online program for exceptional high school students to learn about Japan and engage with Japanese high school students. After you have watched the video, discuss the questions below.



 

Discuss

  1. In what ways have these students served as bridges between the United States and Japan? How has their involvement varied?
     

  2. Do you think their work is valuable? Why or why not?
     

  3. These students have worked specifically in the realm of U.S.–Japan relations, which is one of hundreds of different international relationships the United States has around the world. Can you imagine yourself doing something similar? For what two countries would you want to serve as a bridge, and why? What are some ways you could do this, now or in the future?
     

  4. Think broadly about the different communities, societies, and cultures around the world, around the country, or even around your own city or school. In what ways can individuals serve as bridges of understanding between these different communities, societies, and cultures? What might be the benefits and costs (if any) of fostering these relationships?

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Next Up:

BUILDING GLOBAL BRIDGES

WATCH

Watch a case study of one American student who has worked to build bridges between different kinds of communities.

DISCUSSION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN AMERICAN?

ACTIVITY

Reexamine this question in light of the four videos you’ve viewed during this lesson.

BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

ASSIGNMENT

Consider how individuals can serve as bridges of understanding between communities. Could you?

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