Student Activities

Students experiencing a Japanese tea ceremony (2016)
Students experiencing a Japanese tea ceremony, Summer 2016

Students of Japanese are encouraged to become conversational partners with Japanese or international students to learn about different cultures. For more information, contact the English as Second Language (ESL) program at UNCW.

Students of JPN201 and JPN202 will work with Japanese peers on campus and at our partner universities for cultural and study exchanges through course web site.


Showers and Tucker Place Third in Duke Japanese Speech Contest

The 2017 Duke Japanese speech contest was held on April 1, 2017 at Perkins Library, and the room was packed with approximately 100 people. There were four judges, and the general counsels from Japanese Embassy at Atlanta were also present in the audience.

Bethany Showers got the third place at 300 level of the contest division, and Holly Tucker also received the third place in the 200 level division. The finalists came from Duke Univ., UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, and NC State Univ.  Bethany and Holly did an excellent job presenting and answering questions in Japanese right after their speeches in front of the huge audience. Ms. Yoko Kano supported their performances and says she is honored to be their instructor.

Bethany Showers is a Creative Writing major with a Japanese minor. She is also an honors student. Holly Tucker is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Human Behavior. Both Showers and Tuckers are seniors at UNCW.


Burkinshaw and Showers Attend U.S.-Japan Relations Tomodachi Conference

Two UNCW students, Bethany Showers and Sara Burkinshaw, were selected along with 18 graduate and undergraduate students nationwide to attend the U.S.-Japan Relations Tomodachi Conference in Washington D.C. for leadership and development training.
The theme of the conference was "Exploring U.S.-Japan Relations in the Nation’s Capital: Leadership, Legacy, Politics and Policy." It is an opportunity for leadership training, networking, to learn about Japanese and Japanese-American contributions on a national level, and to think about ways they, as students, might contribute to strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship in the present and future.  Transportation to and from the conference, as well as food and accommodations were all provided to the selected students free of charge. 
Bethany Showers, a senior double majoring in English and creative writing with a minor in Japanese, and Sara Burkinshaw, a sophomore majoring business with an entrepreneurship concentration had a chance to contribute to the international dialogue between young American and Japanese voices and to strengthen and encourage community among students and enhance cross-cultural awareness and build the people-to-people ties that are so important to the future of our bilateral relationship.  The conference were held from Thursday, October 20th until Sunday, October 23rd.