Another group will come again this July. Anyone wishing to participate in the program is welcome!
--Fumiko Earns, Director of Asian Business Studies Program.
I hate cold. I hate snow. I may freeze to death. That's what I thought of Wisconsin in Japan. And when I arrived here, yes, that was right! I've never felt that cold before, and I wanted to leave here right away. But now, I got used to it and it's getting warm. So I want to stay here much longer, but I have to leave next Monday. I can't believe!! I had a good time with my host family. I watched horror movie with Dan. I'm sorry Jon & Paul had to sleep with the sleeping bags. I hope someday we can see again (when it's warm).
I couldn't stay much time, so I regretted. Though I can't spend much time with you host family, I like my host family, Because Dad and Mom treat me one of your family. Emilie and Michael took to me, and Shana like me too. These things will bring back the nicest memories. I will miss you. Thank you very much.
Sincerely yours, Beniko Hanada
I was very happy because I could meet with wonderful tutors, many teachers and very kind host family. For the first time, I was very nervous when I talked with tutors and took a lesson, but my tension get untied day by day, because Mrs. Henna Graff gave us place of our opinion and produced an atmosphere of peace. I had everyone help and made friends with them.
Thank you for having me. I was very happy to stay with you. You were very kind of me, so I'm very happy. I went a museum with you. I had never seen such a wonderful clock. In was very interesting for me. I often took a walk with you. It was fun.
Yours sincerely, Miko Kameda
Student tutors were very kind for me. I couldn't speak what I wanted to say, but they guessed what I wanted to say. They taught me. I think that I want to talk more and more, but I have to go back , so I'm very sad. I could spend days happily with American students: playing basketball, volleyball, bowling, and so on.
Love, Kaori Fuji
From Mr. Inada's booking agency:
There are very few who can articulate the experience of Asian Americans in the way Lawson Inada can. His life and work is a testimony to the resilient human spirit. As a child, Inada and his family were "relocated" from their home in California to an internment camp in Arkansas. Though many of us would have been left with a bitter outlook after such treatment, Dr. Inada;s approach to life and his work is one of humor, warmth and healing.
A multiple recipient of NRA Poetry Fellowships, Dr. Inada was the first
Asian American to publish a book of poetry and he has read his works at
the White House. It has been said that Lawson Inada is "a poet-musician
in the tradition of Walt Whitman and James A. Wright." His creative presentations
are filled with history, poetry, music and images. He celebrated be-bop
and jazz; he sings love songs and laments from history: The Sand Creek
Massacre and the imprisonment of Japanese-American families only fifty
years ago. In addition, he is a leading figure in the field of education,
and serves as a multi cultural consultant for schools and agencies throughout