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Creating a World without the Word ‘Refugee’ Vol. 2: Report from the Refugee Photo Exhibition

Creating a World without the Word ‘Refugee’ Vol. 2: Miracle of the Vital Impulse Dates: Monday, December 9 - Saturday, December 14, 2019 Sponsor organization: Creating a World without the Word ‘Refugee’ (members of Professor UEHARA’s seminar class and volunteers) In December 2019, the second Refugee Photo Exhibition was held at APU based on the goal of “creating a world without the word ‘refugee.’” This photo exhibition featured several works depicting the lives of refugees from around the world—people who have been forced to leave their homes and live elsewhere for a variety of reasons—including parents and children who have been separated, and members of the Olympic Refugee Team. According

APU Alumni Interview Vol. 2 : “Don’t hesitate! Don’t be afraid of making mistakes!”

Warmest greetings from the SPA student staff at FAFA. We hope that every member of the APU community, no matter where you find yourself right now, are staying safe and healthy, and are doing well in your online studies. After a long and eventful spring break, SPA is back with our special series, “APU Alumni Interview.” In this series, we interview APU alumni who are actively shaping our world. For this interview, we spoke online with Mingyu Du '12, who is now working as a Custom Success Manager at UMU, a company which provides an interactive E-learning platform to deliver training and lectures for companies and educational institutions. Alumni Profile Name: Mingyu Du College: APM Graduation

Vocabulary and Context: My Journey into Learning a New Language

I studied Japanese for three years before coming to APU. In Vietnam, my home country, I studied under Vietnamese teachers who had studied in Japan, Japanese teachers from Tokyo and Chiba, and even with Japanese students who came to Vietnam on exchange programs. I had a lot of experience studying the language, and yet I still hadn’t found the most efficient method to memorize new vocabulary. As I struggled to master Japanese, real fluency seemed like a far-fetched dream. That was, until I found myself in the pre-advanced Japanese course at APU, taught by Mr. Ryo Takada. Having graduated with a master’s degree in language education in San Francisco, Mr. Takada has 7 years of experience teachin