As a teenager in Kansas City, Noah became fascinated with Japanese culture because of the unique history and style of Buddhism in Japan. Noah earned a B.A. in Japanese Language at the University of Iowa in 2005. For his undergraduate honors thesis, Noah received a Freeman Foundation Research Grant to study the unique situation of American Baseball players playing in Japan, at the sports archive in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo. In 2007, he earned an M.A. from the University of Iowa. For this degree, he studied for one summer in Yokohama at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. While in Iowa, Noah became acquainted with the poet Yoshimasu Gozo through the University of Iowas International Writing Program and he wrote a series of translations of Gozos poetry about America for this thesis.
Jason Packman has been involved in promoting US-Japan relations through language education throughout his adult life. He taught English in elementary and junior high schools in Ojiya, Niigata as a participant on the JET program. He then spent four years teaching English at elementary schools in Tokyo. He has also spent time as the Education Intern at the Japan Society at San Diego and Tijuana, where he worked on promoting Japanese language programs in San Diego.
With his JLSF scholarship, Jason
plans to study Japanese as a Second Language (JSL) programs in
Yokohama. Jason hopes to better understand the specific kind
of language people living in Japan feel is neccessary to learn
in a classroom environment through his observations of these
classes and interactions with their students and teachers. He
also wants to better understand how non-linguistic forms of communication
are taught in JSL classrooms, since mastering these forms of
communication are especially important for the Japanese language
learner who hopes to live in Japan. He hopes that this will help
teachers and students in the United States to achieve their goals
to teach and acquire strong and useful communicative skills in
Japanese. San Diego and Yokohama are also sister cities, and
he hopes his study will contribute to strengthening connections
between the two cities in general, and the Japanese as a Second/Foreign
Language education communities in particular.
To welcome the two recipients of the JLSF scholarships, the Aurora Foundation is holding the Aurora Foundation Benefit Dinner & Auction in Los Angeles in October, 2010. There will also be a benefit auction (live & silent) which is a fundraising event for the Aurora Foundation (EIN: 31-1639219).
For more information, including
sponsorship, please contact the Aurora Foundation at (323) 882-6545
or by e-mail at AuroraFoundation@usa.net. Please check the JLSF
website at www.jlsf-aurora.org.
8th annual scholarship winners (2009)
7th annual scholarship winners (2006)
6th annual scholarship winners (2005)
INFO & RESULTS