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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?

RELATIONS BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES, 1853–2018

CLOSE-UP

Read and discuss this in-depth article on the history of U.S.–Japan relations.

Introduction

Watch this case study of one American student who has worked to build bridges between different kinds of communities. After you have watched the video, discuss the questions below.



 

Discuss

  1. In what ways has this student served as a bridge between different communities?
     

  2. What drives him to involve himself in this way?
     

  3. Do you think his work is valuable? Why or why not?
     

  4. What do you think are the benefits and costs (if any) of fostering these relationships?

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