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opportunity. Now “the connections with our Japanese colleagues have deepened and the program has truly become reciprocal.” much 24/7. He never really came home. I didn’t get to talk to my dad for like three weeks,” she said. Even with counseling it was difficult for Chihaya to get back into the rhythm of life on the big UM campus. “I tried to figure out a way to go home, but didn’t think it was realistic to drop my classes. I didn’t even know if I could get there or if the train system was working,” she said. The support sessions were “very helpful because even though I had a Japanese friend who I could talk to online, they (the people at OISS) were the only ones I could actually physically talk to and let out my feelings and emotions,” she said.

Support for Japanese Students in the United States
International education offices were worried not only about the U.S. students they had studying in Japan but the 21,000 Japanese students enrolled on U.S. campuses. The Institute of International Education, as it did after the 2004 Christmas tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, extended a lifeline to those students thrust into financial hardship by events back home. With Freeman Foundation support, it distributed grants up to $5,000 to students in distress, especially those from Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate. Some 100 students, a third studying at community colleges, shared $400,000. IIE President Allan E. Goodman said most had not gotten financial support from home since the March 11 disasters. “Our goal, and that of the Freeman Foundation, is to help relieve the financial burden that is compounding the students’ personal distress, and to encourage them to complete their U.S. studies so they can return home with the skills and new knowledge to help rebuild their shattered communities,” Goodman said. The University of Minnesota thought to attend to students’ other needs. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) formed a support group for Japanese students and scholars that met 10 times on a weekly basis after the earthquake and tsunami. “Thirty people showed up at our first group,” said ISSS adviser Chiho Watanabe. Some came from ravaged towns and had relatives back home in shelters. “They were going through some guilt, being here while their families were suffering,” said Watanabe. The sessions allowed Japanese students, scholars, and staff “to share our thoughts and feelings. It was a much-needed occasion for some of us since it was much easier to sympathize with each other because of our similar background—away from family and friends and living in the States to pursue a degree and career,” she said. Chihaya Satoh, 25, a senior majoring in nutrition, attended most of the sessions. She is from Shiogama, a suburb of Sendai. When she first heard the news, “I was really, really scared because my parents both worked near the ocean” and live just a mile from the shore, she said. Her parents survived and their home was intact, but three relatives perished. A week passed before she could reach her mother, a kindergarten teacher, by phone. “My father works for City Hall in Shiogama. He had to be at work pretty

Finding Other Ways to Help
Academics and institutions outside Japan found other ways to help the recovery. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology began an MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative to exchange faculty and students with Japan and in particular to support the work of MIT architects in the shattered coastal town of Minami Sanriku. Working with colleagues from Miyagi University and Keio University, MIT professors Shun Kanda and James Wescoat undertook design projects —proposing to build a community center and helping put a roof over an outdoor space where townspeople in temporary, box-like shelters gather. “It’s surprising, but government policy doesn’t talk about the need for social gathering places,” said Kanda. “There’s very little public money for facilities like a community center.” At meetings “I keep talking about what the town needs five years from now, 20 years from now, 100 years from now.” Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit group based in San Francisco, got schoolchildren to make 4 million paper cranes and raised $500,000 for Japan. Founder Cameron Sinclair now has students from universities in New Zealand and Spain as well as Japan designing projects for Japan, and placed a small team on the ground in the town of Shizugawa. They helped build a workplace called a banya and drew up a marketing plan for out-of-work fishermen to make hammocks. These are contributions that students can make from afar, he said. “It’s quite cost effective. To get students there (to Japan) and house them for two weeks is hugely expensive.”

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Lasting Memorials to the JET teachers
JET teacher Monty Dickson, 26, spent the morning of March 11 instructing three English classes at Yonesaki Elementary School in the town of Rikuzentakata, a hundred miles up the coast from Sendai. He was finishing his second year making the rounds of 16 elementary

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From the Editors
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Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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