学長・野風草だより

No.599

No.599 2015年5月20日(水)

メンフィスのB.B.キングを知ってるかい?

 メンフィス大学からサマープログラムで、毎年学生さんをお迎えしています(野風草だよりNo.88386464)。今年は9名の学生さんが訪ねてきてくれました。わずか3日間でしたが、経営学部の本間利通先生の講義に参加して、学生さんたちと交流しました。本学の学生にとっても貴重な経験になったと思います。本間先生、ありがとうございました。私の新入生特殊講義にも来てもらいました。一人ひとり、まずは日本語で簡単な自己紹介をし、あとは英語で日本に興味を持ったきっかけなどを話してもらいました。自己紹介が終わるたびに盛大な拍手が起こりました。それから、本学の学生たちにアメリカから来て日本の何に驚いたかを予想してもらい、それからメンフィスの学生さんたちに答えてもらいました。ちょうどメンフィスのシンボルともいえるB.B.キングが5月14日に亡くなったので、本学の学生さんたちに彼を知っているか?と聞いたら、誰も知らなかったので、メンフィス勢はショックを受けていました(野風草だよりNo.409)。

 他にも日本、大経大を満喫、実感してもらうために、たくさんの経験、交流をしてもらいました。瑞光センターでは交流会として、たこ焼きなどを作って楽しみました。職員の田中美也子師範からは、池坊華道の手ほどきを受けました。茶道部の学生さんの指導で、裏千家の茶道を嗜みました。邦楽部の学生さんからは、筝や尺八に親しみました。こうしてたくさんの学生さんたちが交流を持ってくれたことはうれしいことです。国際交流課の皆さん、クラブの皆さんはじめ、お世話いただいた皆さまに感謝いたします。秋からは2名の学生が留学し、経済学部の藤原忠毅先生が研究のために1年間留学されます。今後とも、両大学の交流がさらに深まることを願っています。

○メンフィス大学の徳田淳子先生のコメント
 3日間の様々な活動を通して貴校の先生方や職員の皆様、そして学生さんと交流する機会を与えて頂き、今年もまた貴重な経験をさせて頂きました。学生9名のコメントを添付させて頂きますが、これを読んでもお分かり頂けますように、皆それぞれにいい思い出を作らせて頂くことができました。また、最後に徳永学長のクラスに参加させて下さいまして、ありがとうございました。
 秋からメンフィスにいらっしゃる2名の学生さんたちにもアメリカでいい経験をして頂けるように、私たちも精一杯のことをさせて頂ければと思います。何か私で出来ることがございましたら、いつでもおっしゃってください。毎年こうして暖かく迎えて下さいます大阪経済大学の皆様に、心より感謝致しております。今後とも、何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。

○Zoe Dickey:
I was amazed by how kind and welcoming they were. We did all kinds of cultural things like make takoyaki, ikebana, immerse ourselves with students, and be able to hang out with them. The staff and students were really kind to us and the gifts were amazing. I really want to come back one day. It's the most fun I've had.


○Alisha Ballin: 
The first thing I noticed was the style of dress. Almost everyone was dressed well and clean-cut. Ladies wear skirts, dresses, blouses, jewelry, and heels. Men sported suits. Also I noticed there were more "average" people. By this, I mean people were more standardized. Rarely did I see someone with a funky hair color, tattoos, or a lot of piercings. I immediately appreciated and respected how well the Japanese dressed. I was also flattered by the Japanese hospitality. So many times was I approached by complete strangers offering help and advice. While shopping and eating out, workers were very helpful in offering me English menus or finding someone who could translate for me. Lastly, so many people were more than happy to pause their busy day to try to understand my broken Japanese. Never once was I discouraged from trying, but instead, the Japanese people I encountered encouraged me to try to say what I could. 
When speaking of Japan, one has to comment on the consistent efficiency and cleanliness of the land. Even the bathrooms and subways are clean. Everywhere I go there is minimal trash. Every store and restaurant I've experienced has made extreme efforts to maintain a positive and professional atmosphere. Although I'm very far from home and what I know, I feel very comfortable in Japan. The kindness of those I meet, and cleanliness of Osaka promotes a safe and inviting atmosphere, and I'm very appreciative to have experienced it!

○Jeremiah Matthews: 
I was overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness of your faculty, staff, and student body. I felt very welcome and honored to be on your campus. Speaking of your campus, it was nothing short of beautiful and pristine. We were treated to delicious Japanese versions of American food, we were introduced to the beautiful art of ikebana, we were given a wonderful performance by traditional Japanese instruments, we were given a delightful tour of your campus, and we had the pleasure of conversing with your students and bridging the gap between our cultures. I had a wonderful and unforgettable time and I thank you all very much. It has been an amazing trip. 


○Nicole Echevarria-Brewer: 
I had the best time at Osaka University of Economics. Everyone was so kind and hospitable while we were there. I loved talking to the students. One of the most fulfilling things about my time in Japan was learning that we were able to connect with people in another culture despite the language barriers. They share many of the same hobbies like television, martial arts, eating good food, and traveling and experiencing new things. We learned so many interesting things like Ikebana, cooking lessons, and what kinds of things the students thought about both our culture and their own. Exchanging expectations about each other and the cultures we grew up in helped us bridge the gap between the two and mold more comprehensive views about the nature of humanity.


○Antwan Gordon: 
When I first met the staff and students at Osaka University of Economics, I could tell that it was a great university. Everyone was so kind and compassionate towards us. The students were very open to speak and talk with us. They were very happy to meet students from another country. Because of this, I would really love to attend this university for a semester or maybe even longer. The campus was a really beautiful sight to see. The activities that we participated in were very fun and unique. I really liked the Ikebana flower arrangement activity; moreover, the performance by the students and faculty was done in a very pleasing way. They are really talented at the instruments that they play. The president of the university was a very nice and kind person. I really liked speaking with him. I feel that Osaka University of Economics has been a really wonderful place to be for the past few days, and I know that I will always be welcomed by both the students and faculty if I want to study abroad there.

○Dominick Disalvo: 
I liked Osaka University of Economics so much. The campus was small but incredibly clean and beautiful. The staff were helpful and excited to talk to us and encouraged us to participate in all of the activities. They were also so accommodating by providing lunch for us when we finished early and playing the American anthem and the Japanese anthem before they performed for us. It was incredible to me about how nice we were treated by everyone. 


○Gage Alexander:
I had a wonderful time at O.U.E. The staff, teachers, and students were all kind and helpful. The english students all spoke pretty clearly. Learning tea ceremony, ikebana, and to make takoyaki were all fun experiences for me. I also enjoyed meeting other foreign students while I was at O.U.E. It was very interesting hearing about their personal experiences in Japan.


○Halle Briggs:
I really enjoyed my time at Osaka University of Economics. Everyone was very welcoming and I appreciated how much of an effort they made to speak in English. Their English was very good, so they should be more confident when they speak it. I also really enjoyed talking to the students in English and Japanese. It was challenging and fun to get to try to communicate despite the language barrier and realize how similar we all are regardless of being from opposite sides of the world. 


Allison Todd:
Going to the Osaka University of Economics was one of my favorite experiences coming to Japan. The faculty, staff, and student body of the university were so welcoming and showed such great kindness to me and everyone else in our group. Sitting in on lectures, getting to socialize with the student body, and participating in activities sponsored by the staff was incredibly enjoyable and really opened my eyes to what life was like for college students in Japan. I will honestly treasure the friendships I made there for a lifetime. To be entirely honest, I would love to return to O.U.E, not as a short-term visitor but as a student.