essay contest about Japan for NYC-area hs/college students
- The Third JCSB-Canon Essay Competition (2007-2008)
Aim: The aim of the Japan Center - Canon Essay Competition is to promote
awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States, and to help young
Americans broaden their international horizons.
“Best Essay Award” in the High School Division ($1,500, maximum three awards
“Best Essay Award” in the College Division ($2,000, one award per year)
“Honorable Mention” in both the High School and College Divisions (one in
*Complementary awards (Canon cameras) will be associated.
Essay Theme: The Japan Center - Canon Essay Competition theme is Spirit of
Japan. Contestants should describe the “spirit of Japan” in its history,
traditional culture, pop culture, art,
philosophy, value, society, family, industry, technology, business,
economics, etc. in relation to themselves (e.g., their personal experiences, future
goals, life history, personal philosophy, etc.).
Contestants who do not have an experience in visiting Japan or studying
Japanese are strongly encouraged to apply. The previous award winning essays can be
viewed at the Japan Center’s website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/japancenter
(click “JCSB-Canon Essay Competition”).
Entry Qualifications: The Japan Center - Canon Essay Competition is open to
students who satisfy all of the following conditions.
1. They attend high school or college (private, public, or
religious) in the Long Island counties of Nassau or Suffolk and the New York City
boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island,Queens or Brooklyn.
2. They are enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or in
undergraduate programs during the 2007-2008 school year.
3. They are US citizens or legal permanent residents of the US.
Conditions and Procedure:
Length: Maximum 750 words excluding title, footnotes, and bibliography for
the High School Division. 1,000~1,500 words, excluding title, footnotes, and
bibliography for the College
Format: Paper size: letter size (8.5” x 11”) Line spacing: 1.5
Font size: 12 pts. Margin: 1” (top, bottom, left, right)
Use of External Information and Sources: All use of external information or
sources must be properly cited in the essay and the sources must be listed in a
bibliography. Use of any external
materials without proper citation will be considered plagiarism and grounds
Submission: Send your essay in MS Word or RTF format by e-mail attachment to:
Japan_Center_Essay_Contes(at)notes.cc.sunysb.edu (replace (at) with @).
(Alternatively, save it in a CD and mail it to: The Japan Center at Stony
Brook, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5343, along with a hardcopy
of the essay and a self-addressed and stamped envelope.)
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2007 (Acknowledgement of receipt will be
sent by January 15, 2008)
The organization of your electronic file to be submitted should be as below:
The first page:
1. Author’s full name
2. Essay title
3. Affiliated school and current grade level / academic standing
4. E-mail address
5. Mailing address
6. Telephone number
7. Legal status (a citizen or a permanent resident of the US)
8. The name, title, specialty, and contact information of the
teacher/faculty member who advised the author, if any
9. Others (academic major, if any; any experience in studying
Japanese or living in Japan)
The second page and after:
1. Author's initial
2. Essay title
3. Division (High School Division or College Division)
4. Exact word count of the essay
5. Essay text (no image should be included)
6. Bibliography, if any
Copyright: Note that submissions cannot be returned, and the JCSB owns the
copyright of the award-winning essays.
Judging: Entries in the Japan Center - Canon Essay Competition will be
evaluated by the following panel of judges on the basis of their insight,
creativity, and originality of expression.
Honorary Judges: Shirley Strum Kenny, President of Stony Brook University,
Joe Adachi, President & C.E.O. of Canon U.S.A, Inc.
Judges: Sachiko Murata (Chief Judge, Department of Asian and Asian American
Studies), Clifford Huffman (English Department), Janis Mimura (Department of
History), Gregory Ruf (Department of Anthropology/Asian and Asian American
Recognition of Award Recipients: The award recipients and their essays will
be posted on the web site of the JCSB (http://www.stonybrook.edu/japancenter)
on April 1, 2008. The award recipients in the Japan Center - Canon Essay
Competition will be formally recognized at the 2008 JCSB Annual Meeting, to be held
at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University
on Saturday, April 26, 2008.
Organizing Committee: Eriko Sato (Chair), Mary Diaz, Marlene Dubois, Tatsushi
Hirono, Joan Miyazaki, Eva Nagase, Chikako Nakamura, Megs Shea
JCSB Board of Director in Charge: Yoko Ojima
Canon U.S.A. Representatives in Charge: William Reed, Dawn Shields
The public relations of this essay competition is cosponsored by the
Professional Education Program Outreach, Stony Brook University.
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