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Coffee Hour: China In Japanese Eyes And The Truth

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: May 2006, Topic: Coffee Hour

This is a regular event hosted by the Tsukuba Information Center usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

China is the most populous country in the world. It is the birthplace of one of the world’s four major civilizations and has a very long history. Fifty-six ethnic groups, each with its own individual culture, combine to make up China.

Recently, interchanges between China and Japan have flourished. However, it is often said that China is near to Japan, and at the same time is a far-off country. Our guest, Ms. Ren, says that the Japanese people might have preconceptions towards China. For example, people may think, “Chinese have ramen and gyoza everyday”, and “Chinese always have anin-tofu after a meal.” Or, “Chinese qipao” are the traditional clothes like the Japanese kimono.” Ms. Ren will tell us that actually, there are differences between what’s in people’s minds about China and the truth.

Ms. Ren is currently studying in a Ph.D. program at Tsukuba University. She came to Japan after acquiring a Masters degree, and teaching at a university in China. Her dream is to act as a bridge between China and Japan, so that in the future the two countries can become close countries in the true meaning.

For more information: Ibaraki International Association Tsukuba Office 029-852-6789

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