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Japan Outreach Initiative

Erika Norikami is KU’s Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator, who works to develop a deeper understanding of Japan throughout Kansas and Western Missouri. Erika arrived in August 2012 and has already worked for one year of her two-year residency at the Center for East Asian Studies. She is available to visit schools and community organizations to conduct Japanese language and cultural activities. 


Erika Norikami was born and raised in Osaka, Japan's third largest city, famously known as that country's kitchen. Erika graduated with a degree in English language from Kansai Gaidai University.  During her college career, she also was an exchange student for 10 months at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  In addition, she served as a resident assistant at an international students' dormitory in Japan, helping foreigners meet the challenges of their daily lives and studies. Since graduating, Erika has worked as a global training and operations client coordinator in the English education industry then took a six-month course to become an English instructor for children.

Sample Presentation Topics
Japanese language 
Calligraphy
Chopstick challenges
Tea ceremony
Origami
Traditions, events and ceremonies

Information Flyer [PDF]
Details the kinds of programs Erika will be available to present.


August 2014
August 24, 2014 | 03:00 pm | Jayhawk Boulevard
September 2014
September 08, 2014 | 07:30 pm | Lied Center
View events: Upcoming
SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies (SWCAS) &
the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) in Lawrence, KS on October 3-5, 2014

Follow this link for more information.

Follow this link for registration.

Program Chair: J. Megan Greene, mgreene@ku.edu

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (mizu@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

New CEAS Study Abroad Program

The University of Kansas recently participated in the Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow, a 10-day study abroad trip to Japan for 23 students from Kansas universities. In the 2014-15 school year CEAS will host a group of students from Japan.

New Students: Are you interested in learning about another language or culture while at KU? Get started this Sunday by checking out the Welcome Event from the KU Area Studies Centers from 3 to 5 on Jayhawk Blvd, at the Southwest Corner of Jayhawk and Sunnyside. http://www.calendar.ku.edu/index.php?option=eventview&ce_id=60601 See what the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies is bringing below. For East Asia, we'll have a drum performance and some really amazing cookies. #hawkweek
KU Orientation: Making a home on the Hill See why you made the right choice in becoming a Jayhawk as you go through KU’s Orientation process (http://firstyear.ku.edu/orientation). You’ll discover what it means to make KU your home: trying new things, building friendships, getting involved, seeking out career path advice from faculty, studying abroad, or even conducting your own research as a freshman or a graduate student.


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