July 26, 2010
Beginning tomorrow, Earlham will host the first week of the month-long 62nd Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). Thirty-five American and thirty-five Japanese
college students will spend a month at several locations across the United States
holding discussions and hearing speakers in an effort to arrive at greater
mutual understanding. The Conference meets each year, alternating between the United States and Japan. This is the first time that a college or university in Indiana
has hosted JASC.
Earlham is very honored to be able to host JASC. We have one of the oldest and best Japanese Studies programs at an American college or university. Our ties to Japan reach back into the 19th century, and were especially revitalized after WWII out of concern to seek reconciliation between Japan and the United States. Professor Jackson Bailey, who taught at Earlham from 1959 to 1993, was especially instrumental in strengthening Earlham’s Japan-related connections.
The connections we built with Japan have proved to be the deepest and strongest taproot of Earlham’s unusual commitment to international education.