Consul General of Japan Honors CUNY Hunter College Professor Sue Atsuko Kawashima
One does not often see traditional Japanese kimono-attired pedestrians on the sidewalks of the Upper East Side, but the ensemble was perfectly suited for several guests at the ceremony and reception they attended.
The Consul General of Japan in New York, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, presented CUNY Hunter Professor Sue Atsuko Kawashima with a commendation at an intimate ceremony held at his official Manhattan residence recently. The Consul General delivered opening remarks in which he praised Kawashima’s work as founder and head of the Japanese Studies Division at Hunter. “Her passion and energetic dedication has ensured the expansion of Japanese programs throughout the CUNY school system,” the ambassador said. He enumerated ways beyond her role as a scholar and administrator, in her capacity as a screening committee member for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program at the consulate that have “served to reinforce the bridge of friendship between the people of Japan and the United States.” The JET Program gives young Americans the opportunity to work as English teaching assistants at public schools in Japan.
Professor Kawashima authored “A Dictionary of Japanese Particles,” which is considered one of the top Japanese language textbooks in Japan, as well as “A Girl’s Record, “Around That Time-1835-8/15/1945 and 9/11/2001,” which is a WWII memoir based on her real life. Professor Kawashima has also conducted lectures about world peace in NYC and in Japan. #