International Cultural Exchange

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) youth, Campbell High School students, and Japanese and Chinese nationals will share their culture February 6 at the BGCH Hale Pono Ewa Beach Clubhouse.

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For many of the BGCH youth, this is their first hands-on exposure to the Japanese and Chinese cultures. The goals of this cultural exchange are to expand views on internationalism; gain a mutual understanding about different cultures, peoples, and lifestyles; understand and accept one’s own culture; promote peace through culture; and encourage youth to set higher goals and put visions more toward the world, not just Hawaii. Cultural presentations: Chinese ink and wash paintings, the Japanese art of paper folding (origami), and the Hawaiian hula will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a closing ceremony and group photo at 11:30 a.m.

The event is cosponsored by ICFA, BGCH, and Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH). ICFA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to people and nation to nation through culture. BGCH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring Hawaii’s youth to become responsible citizens. The organization provides services to more than 17,500 Hawaii youth each year, many from disadvantaged circumstances. JASH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting understanding and friendships between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii.

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