School Visits 2015
Grand Prize 2015: Thant Myint-U
- Friday, Sep. 18 (14:00-15:00) / Fukuoka Girls’ High School
- Friday, Sep. 18 (17:00-18:00) / Kyushu University
First Dr. Thant Myint-U visited Fukuoka Girls’ High School then introduced his work at the United Nations, and his efforts today, together with reminiscences about his youth, to about 120 students in the International Culture Course. He talked of the fascination and significance of working within international society, stressing that “The fact that you are Japanese, and are women, are both to your advantage when working in the international scene.” One student asked what they could do to help preserve peace, and hereplied “Youth can make an enormous contribution in cybersecurity.
And then moved to Kyushu University, Dr. Thant Myint-U introduced the state of Myanmar today , with references to its long history, and stressed key points such as issues in transferring to civil rule and implementing democracy, and the effects of its powerful neighbor , China. When asked why he decided to get involved in the preservation of historic buildings, he replied that many old buildings in Bangkok were torn down for redevelopment when he lived there, and he didn’t want to lose the beautiful architecture and cityscape of Yangon.
Academic Prize 2015: Ramachandra GUHA
- Saturday, Sep. 19 (10:10‒12:15)
- Ohori Junior High School
Dr. GUHA recalled his own junior high school experiences as he discussed the diversity and history of India, incorporating so many ethnic groups , religions , and languages. He described how, after about 200 years of colonial rule and armed rebellion, Gandhi achieved independence and peace through non-violent resistance.
As the students listened quietly he repeated Gandhi ’s belief that hatred only breeds more hatred. He advised the audience to experience nature, and read more books.
Arts and Culture Prize 2015: Minh Hanh
- Friday, Sep. 18 (13:20‒14:50)
- Koran College of Fashion Design
Ms. Minh Hanh came onstage with models wearing designs by herself, and her apprentices. She asked the models to walk through the student seating, and invited the students to notice the fabrics, embroidery, and weaving. As she introduced ethnic minorities, she advised students to “Treasure your roots and your identity. Japan has Hakata-ori and Kurume kasuri, and you should utilize this cultural heritage in your own creations.”
When asked what you need to be a designer, she replied it was“ Thinking about designs every minute of the day. It can be lonely thinking by yourself, but if you really like design you ’ll willingly make the sacrifice. You have to love design from the bottom of your heart.”
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