Japan and China share many cultural traditions, values and concerns. Despite these common elements, Sino-Japanese relations have been deteriorating in the political, economic and security spheres. Mutual mistrust, misconceptions, and historical issues continue to hamper more friendly relations.
Global Link-China offers ICU student the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of Sino-Japanese relations through direct interaction between youth in Japan and China. During the two-week program, GL-China participants will attend lectures and classes at several universities in Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing to deepen their knowledge on China, its citizens’ worldviews and their perspectives on Sino-Japanese relations.
Participants will also have the opportunity to practice their Mandarin/English through exchanges with students in China, and immerse themselves in Chinese culture through formal and informal tours. Participants will also be expected to conduct a short-term research project based on issues covered in classes. The projects will be presented at a symposium at ICU after returning to campus.