Experience the cultures of the World
Multicultural Week PV
Every year during the spring (May-July) and fall semesters (November-January), APU hosts a series of Multicultural Weeks. During each week the spotlight is put on one of the many countries and regions represented on campus and that country’s culture and language are introduced and celebrated through a range of student-led events and activities.
Between 100 and 150 students take a central role and work together to create each of the Multicultural Weeks. A feature of these Weeks is the fact that approximately a third of Week participants are not native to the Week’s featured country or region. These non-native students work under the guidance of native students to become expert ambassadors for their culture. Through this event students learn how to develop a greater sense of pride in their native culture and a greater respect for others, while also acquiring the kinds of skills sought in global human resources including mutual understanding and decision making skills, initiative and the ability to work well as part of a diverse team.
From January 20 until January 24, 2014, the Japanese Week was held at APU. A delicious array of traditional dishes was available on the cafeteria menu in addition to traditional dance and music performances held throughout the campus and the Grand Show held on the final day of the week.
Footage of the Grand Show was streamed live on the internet via Ustream. Please be sure to tune in and enjoy the colourful performances by APU’s multilingual and multicultural students.
Hello everyone! My name is TOME Kazunari, the leader of Japanese Week 2013. Our theme for this year is ‘The Spirit of Japanese Hospitality’, and we have prepared a wide variety of hand-on events that everyone can enjoy. We hope you will gain a better understanding of traditional Japanese crafts by stopping by our display of New Year's games. There are also some traditional foods on the menu in the cafeteria. This year, we have taken a new approach to the Grand Show. Entitled "Keiou Kairai: Respect the Past, Create the Future", the event will feature a professional kabuki dancer and shamisen player invited from outside the university. Don't forget to stop by the Pacific Cafe to try your hand at calligraphy, tea ceremony and shamisen. We want everyone, especially international students, to experience Japanese traditions first-hand. With Japanese Week 2013, it is our hope that everyone involved—the organizers, performers and you the audience—can learn more about Japan's traditions and experience the spirit of Japanese hospitality.