I know we like to keep you all updated, but I think we have outdone ourselves this edition.
Not only is there a spectacular magazine attached; there is also info about our September events and some great details on an upcoming talk on Japanese art and a lucrative translation contest!
First things first: thanks to all those who contributed to our special Returnees edition of the official JETAAWA Magazine, which is also attached to this email. Extra special thanks to our Media Rep, Karen LeBlanc, who designed and compiled it!
Check it out. It’s full of great info, especially if you’ve just arrived back in Perth.
Luna Leederville is hosting the Reel Anime movie festival this month, and JETAAWA invites you to come and see the family-friendly Summer Wars at 12:15pm on Sunday 19 September. We have organised for discounted tickets that add up to:
$5 for JET members
$10 for non-members
Please RSVP to email@example.com ASAP if you are interested. We still owe a free ticket to someone who responded to the careers survey, so be sure to indicate your interest!
As previously noted, the returnees function is now on Saturday 25 September (after the grand final) at the function room beside Fuji in Vic Park.
Thanks to all those who have RSVPd already – the rest of you, please RSVP ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org!
We will ask for $10 to attend, which will cover dinner and drinks.
This event is an important one to let returnees know what JETAAWA has to offer and to share in the experiences of those fresh off the ground!
4. Trends in Japanese art
Join PICA Curator Leigh Robb in the PICA bar Tuesday 21st September at 6pm as she talks about her recent Curatorial Residency in Tokyo with the Japan Foundation.
She will share her experiences and encounters with Japanese art and artists, including her visit to the first Setouchi Festival of International Art on seven islands on the Seto inland sea.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear all about the Japanese art scene! The info flyer is here.
5. Translation contest
In an effort to promote Japanese language education and an understanding of Japan in general, with a view to contributing to the further strengthening of relations between Japan and Australia, local business K & S Company has devised a translation contest. The contest takes its theme from Support Net Niji No Kai, in honour of the activities of that volunteer organisation, currently celebrating its tenth year of contribution to the welfare of Japanese residents of Australia.
There is $1000 for the winner and $500 to up to 3 runners-up.
The source material is “虹の会”, an essay by Yoshio Terasawa, published 17 July 2010 in the Nikkei Shinbun’s “あすへの話題” section, to be translated into English. The essay is available in the October edition of free local Japanese newspaper JA NEWS.
The deadline for entries is Friday 10 December 2010. The contest is open to all residents of Western Australia of any nationality and age, other than holders of relevant NAATI accreditation or recognition.
For more information contact email@example.com.
It looks like this year’s Careers Seminar will be on the evening of Tuesday 26 October at UWA.
We are hoping to assemble a presenting line-up consisting of as many ex-JETs as possible, to let attendees (most of whom are current uni students) know the benefits that joining JET can have for them in their future endeavours.
To that end, we would love our members to put their hands up to share their stories of how JET has helped them get where they are today, and how they have been able to use their interest in Japan or knowledge of Japanese to further their own careers. If you are interested, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
In the current context of doubts as to the continuing viability of the JET Program, we think that the Careers Seminar is a real and concrete way of showing that JET does measurably contribute to international relations and understanding at all levels.
kaiWA continues at 43 Below (corner Hay/Barrack Sts) from 5:30 each second Thursday – that’s 9/9, 23/9, 7/10, 21/10 upcoming.
Come along and just have a chat, meet new people, or help learn and teach in our J/E language activities!
8. Committee meeting
The September committee meeting will be held on Wednesday September 22 from 19:30, venue TBA. Minutes of previous meetings can be viewed at jetaawa.com.