Tales of Migration and Tasty Ainu Food

Today students had a fascinating day listening to real stories of migration from two people on staff. Students also got a chance to make and taste some traditional Ainu food.

DSCN1610In the morning, Mr. Mejia, who is a high school Mathematics and Physics teacher, told his story of growing up in Guatemala and his migration to Norway and eventually to Japan. Students got to hear a real-life story of growing up during a civil war and how he was forced to flee. He got refugee status in Norway and now holds a Norwegian passport. His story was fascinating for the students although sad as the war destroyed a lot of things for him.

This afternoon, Jun, who works in our canteen, told his story of fleeing Tibet, asking for asylum inDSCN1623 Nepal and then eventually getting to northern India. He talked about the Chinese government’s occupation, and his journey by foot across the Himalayas when he was 8. Fascinating story and really interesting man. The students seemed excited to hear his story as they know him as the “nice guy” from the canteen.

DSCN1616In between speakers, students went over to the ICJC to make and taste traditional Ainu food. The Ainu are original inhabitants of Japan and were forced into the northern part of Japan and Russia. 4B students ate potato pancakes, mashed pumpkin and a soup made out of interesting vegetables and dried salmon. The students loved the potato pancakes. Some liked the soup.

It was a fascinating trip around the world today learning about Where We Are in Place and Time.

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