Wednesday, May 30, 2018

S1E19: "A Life Changing Experience. Period."

This brings us to the end of Season 1 of We Are EG.  On this special episode we celebrate the Japanese Exchange Program and the coordinator of the program for the last 29 years, Cliff Darnall, who will be retiring this year. Many familiar voices can be heard including retired EGHS teacher Ralph Scalise and recently graduated student, Nicole Tabor. In addition, we sat down wth a few Japanese students and teachers to get their perspectives, too.

This podcast brings us full circle. Ryan Christie, a former EG student and participant of the Exchange Program, will be the new Japanese language teacher at Elk Grove in the Fall. He discusses the significance of this from his perspective.

The Japanese Exchange Program is a unique experience at Elk Grove High School and has touched countless lives--not just those who participated, but also family, community members, organizations and companies who lent support over the years.

Take a listen below.

The Japanese Exchange Program (JXP) would like to sincerely thank the following for their vital support of and contributions to our 30-year-old exchange, all of whom have helped make the program possible, welcoming, and/or deeply meaningful:
  • The administration, staff, students, and parent organizations of Ashidai (formerly Ashikodai) High School, Ashitandai High School, and Elk Grove High School
  • The hundreds of families who have hosted for the exchange on both sides of the Pacific, many of them more than once
  • The companies, organizations, and individuals who have generously contributed financial support over the years. A recent donor list can be found here.
  • The founders of the exchange: then Principal Leo Hundt and then Librarian Esther Perica in the U.S.; and the late Principal Hitoshi Sasaki, the late Principal Satoshi Kobayashi, and then Coordinator Terry Yamaguchi in Ashikaga
  • Exchange committee members at the three schools through the decades, including Mr. Yamaguchi, who served for almost 29 years before retiring, and current Japan-side Coordinator Hi-de Tsuru
  • Special individual supporters such as Shunichiro, Mitsuko, and Shin Kishioka; Kiyo and Yuko Shirataki; and JXP Parent Liaison and frequent host Linda Bauer
  • The Japan Information Center of the Japanese Consulate in Chicago

We invite you to visit the EGHS JXP website  or to follow us or contribute tweets at #EGHS_JXP.

About the music in this episode:

Madoka Ogitani provided two tracks: "Ibuki" and "Calmness." These tracks are courtesy of the Free Music Archive and licensed through a non-commercial Creative Commons 4.0 license.

Saya Asakura provided an instrumental version of her song アリャセ ヘイヤ~ ("Aryase Hayya") via a Royalty Free License. More information about Saya Asakura can be found at her website: . Her album can be found on iTunes.