Natasha Milligan ’20 wins Gold Award

Contact: Miho Fujiwara

Japanese studies major takes 1st prize Gold Award at “J.LIVE Talk,” a nationwide Japanese speech contest.

Natasha Milligan (Japanese Studies, 20') won the 1st prize Gold Award at the “J.LIVE Talk” on Sunday, November 10th, 2019.

The J.LIVE Talk is a nationwide college and graduate-school level Japanese speech contest at The George Washington University, Washington DC.

The contest aims to promote the study of Japanese at the college level in the US, and in doing so, help cultivate the next generation of leaders in US-Japan relations.

After two preliminary video screening rounds of competition, Milligan was invited to Washington DC as one of the three finalists in Category 3, the highest category of this TED-Talk like interactive speech contest. Contestants were evaluated for the dynamism and originality of their presentations.

Milligan's winning presentation title was "Omoiyari? (Consideration?)." In her speech, she argued that the way to show consideration to others is not universal and that this difference causes a misunderstanding between Americans and Japanese. She advocated that people should not assume and impose their own cultural values on people from other cultures in order to have a successful intercultural communication. 

As the Gold Award winner, Milligan received a scholarship and stipend to study in a six-week summer intensive Japanese language course at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan along with a round trip ticket to-and-from Tokyo. 

Miho Fujiwara, Professor  of Japanese, also received a mentoring award for her support for Natasha Milligan.


Photo courtesy of Asico Photo.

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