Yuka Kitajima

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I am a Peace and Conflict Studies major from Osaka, Japan with a double minor in Business Administration and Asian Studies. I am an Honor Scholar and a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Order of Omega, and Mortar Board. This is my first year as a Hillman Intern at the Prindle Institute for Ethics and I cannot be happier! I am also a Presidential Ambassador, an intern at the International Student Services Office, a Coquillette Peer Consultant at the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement, and a Liaison at the Office of International Admission. As a senior international student, I feel strongly responsible for empowering international students through assisting them and delivering their voices to the rest of the campus. As a DPU Community Engagement Assistant at Prindle, I am also very excited to bring different university offices together to build a more inclusive, ethics-aware community. After graduation from DePauw, I hope to work at a higher education institution as a student affairs professional in the U.S., and later pursue a master's degree in educational administration.

"UT Cheerleaders San Diego" by Johntext is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

It is not uncommon to see cheerleaders at every professional sports game. They usually comprise young, mostly white women who have a profession outside their cheerleading careers. A game pamphlet typically has information about the team’s cheerleaders – not only their names and pictures, but also their occupation and age are made public.

"Hollywood" by Shinya Suzuki is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 2.0 (via Flickr)

Recently, we have seen some upward changes to the Hollywood film industry. For example, six Black actors from four movies were nominated for this year’s Oscar awards, unlike the past two #OscarsSoWhite years. These nominated movies are about, directed by and/or starred by Black people. The 68th Emmy Awards nominees and winners are also a diverse group of actors and actresses. But has the industry really become more inclusive?

"Japan" by Moyan Brenn via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

In March 2015, a daughter of Japanese mother and African-American father, Ariana Miyamoto, was crowned Miss Universe Japan. In September 2016, a daughter of Japanese mother and Indian father, Priyanka Yoshikawa, was crowned Miss World Japan. Both are the first biracial representatives of Japan on the stage of international competitions. While it is a celebratory news, some controversy has arisen amongst the Japanese about sending “non-Japanese” people into  the world to represent Japan.

"Foto von den Dreharbeiten in Berlin" by Sudwambel is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikipedia)

When you ask people the meaning of learning history, the most of them will say, “so that we can learn from the mistakes we made in the past and never repeat them again.” According to this reasoning, one will also say, “if Hitler were alive today, we would never support him.”