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My supervisor asked if I would be renewing my contract so that she could report to the vice-principal. After hemming and hawing the Japanese way, I told her that I wasn’t planning to.

I hope I’m not making a big mistake.

Paying it forward

I caught word of the Stanford e-Japan program through the JET community, and was really excited to see that the program coordinator was one of my Japanese teachers from high school. She was the one who gave me the Youth For Understanding application that I took care to submit and was one of 2 in California who was awarded a 6-week homestay for a mere $500.

Homestay can be an expensive endeavor for Japanese people, and many families fear having to entrust their children’s safety in the hands of strangers. So having this opportunity to study in their homes or schools with virtual classrooms is an affordable chance for cross-cultural education in an isolated and conservative location.

One of the things that I regret, but had no control over is that I couldn’t give a Japanese kid the same experience I had with YFU. My parents were asked to host kids who wanted  to do a homestay after I had finished my program, but they mentioned their poor English, and that it would be a shame to come to America for a homestay with people who still hold tight to their Vietnamese heritage. Personally, I think it would have been a great experience for the kid, although probably not what they would ever expect, which is having that opportunity to have a relationship with a white person and experience that Hollywood or New York life they see in the movies.

So I really hope at least one of the kids who applied will get in.

One of the English teachers put their kid through a homestay program and she stayed with a Malaysian-Japanese family. She felt it wasn’t so impactful that would allow her daughter to have a life-changing experience. Not that it wasn’t fruitful, but there wasn’t much as much hardship as her mother felt she could have experienced for a dramatic change into maturity. I’m not sure what sort of experience she was hoping for, but the kid had a renewed sense of pride in her Japanese identity which made her eager to know more about other cultures. I think at her age of 13, that’s the best you could really ask for.

Video Print Screen

From the NYT

TIP OF THE WEEK Need to record a short video of a game or an open program on your computer for educational or demonstration purposes? In Windows 10, open the game or app you want to record and press the Windows and G keys. In the “Do you want to open Game bar” box that appears, select the “Yes, this is a game” option (even if it is not) and press the red dot — or the Windows-Alt-R key combination — to start and stop recording. The resulting video is saved in the Captures folder within the Videos folder on the PC.

The free QuickTime Player software built into Mac OS X can record the action on a Mac’s screen. Visit the Mac’s Applications folder and open the QuickTime Player app. Go to the File menu and select New Screen Recording. Click the red Record button and then click anywhere on the screen to start recording; you can also record just part of the screen by dragging the mouse around the area you want to capture before you click the Start Recording button. Click the black Stop button in the menu bar, or press the Command, Control and Escape keys to stop the recording. The resulting clip pops up on screen for you to review and save. J.D. BIERSDORFER