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January 19, 2016

Traveling to Japan? Here are some words that are great to know to help you understand the Japanese culture!

Culture Team
October 23, 2015

Feng Lim, cofounder and chief executive officer of CultureGuru, recently announced the creation of an app which helps track Asian holidays and cultural events. He says the inspiration for the app came from the team’s own problems keeping up with cultural celebrations. “There are so many festivities on the Lunar calendar, and for the younger generation (Gen-Y and Gen-Z) like me and my team, it’s difficult to remember so many dates. There is the Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Winter Solstice, different gods’ birthdays … can anyone really remember them all?"

Culture Team
May 28, 2015

Recently, Foreign Policy magazine published an article on American studying abroad in China which we wanted to highlight. Some key take aways are that during the 2013-2014 academic year, over 274,000 Chinese students went Stateside to pursue higher education. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the last year for which U.S. statistics are available, over 14,000 American students did the reverse.  Indeed "no group is more poised to alter the trajectory of the U.S.-China relationship, one fraught with friction but also characterized by ever-proliferating contact...

Marine Corps Cpl. Drew Tech (Repost by DLNSEO Team)
December 10, 2014

KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, Japan, Dec. 9, 2014 – U.S. Marines participating in exercise Forest Light 15-1 visited with high school students here Dec. 5.

A group of 11 Marines took time out of their bilateral training to speak with students at Kumamoto’s Kaishin and Chinzei high schools.

The school visits centered on the sharing of cultures. Students at both schools prepared presentations for the visiting Marines, including a dance from the school’s dance club and a karate and kendo demonstrations. The Marines demonstrated techniques used in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program...

November 21, 2014

War themed video games are common, and the general consensus is that these types of games actually desensitize youth to the empathy required in real world conflict situations.  However, Alelo is lookinng at ways to use gaming technologies to do the opposite, to prepare military members for other cultures and actually prevent culture shock.

Alelo's VRP MIL (Virtual Role Players for Military Training Environments) provides an immersion experience to provide troops with a culturally and linguistically challenging scenarios.  The games allow...