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Coffee Hour: Korea And Japan, So Similar, Yet So Different

Author:Author unknown, Issue: January 2000, Topic: Coffee hour

As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Ms. Milan Chang, who will be speaking on the subject of Korea and Japan as next-door neighbors. Her presentation is entitled, So similar, yet so different.

Korea and Japan, though geographically and historically close to one another, are different in so many ways. This is the impression Ms. Chan had when she first came to Japan, and she is constantly revising that impression. Closeness doesn't mean similarity. Take the British and French, for example. Ms. Chan will speak as a Korean perspective, but Japanese and non-Japanese as well are encouraged to share their opinions. It will be interesting to see how two similar countries can be so different, and to see what people from each country think about the other.

The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion. Please let us hear your opinions as well.

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