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Last summer, I did a six-week long homestay in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, and I’m currently sharing my room with a year-long Japanese exchange student. Since going to Japan and studying Japanese language and culture, I’ve felt that learning about other cultures is really important. I would love to see more Asian and Middle Eastern languages taught at high schools.

My collage represents two different cultures; Japan and America. On one side, I put pictures that remind me of Japan. On the other side, I put pictures that make me think of America. The two faces represent an Asian person and an American person leaving their own cultures to see another one.

My goal would be to continue to see others to do foreign exchange and seriously study a foreign language. In the future, I hope to see more tolerance and knowledge of people from cultures as different as those of the Middle East and Asia.

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