Before starting the SEP part of our internship, we found out that the Amity Foundation was hosting a cultural exchange between students in Japan and China! This was great news given that conflict over the Diaoyu Islands and rioting was (and is) still prevalent during that time.
This event took place in a bookstore by the name of Avant-Garde Bookstore, which was situated in what used to be an underground parking lot! It was quite an interesting site with more books than your average bookstore, and was a great place to host the event. First there was a presentation on daily life in Japan, and comparing education from the start of primary school to the first year of college. It seemed that much of the audience found the topic interesting, and stayed for the interactive activities after the presentation (small fishing games and trying out different traditional Japanese outfits).
One similarity between the education of China and Japan is the College Entrance exam at the end of one’s grade school career which is the most significant factor in a student’s acceptance into top ranked Universities. I will likely be delving into this topic more deeply in the near future!