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Homestay Program and its 20th Anniversary Reception Featuring the Hokkaido Product Fair

Nanka Dosanko Kai is a cultural exchange initiative based in Los Angeles, fostering global understanding through artistic homestay experiences for Hokkaido high school students since 1997. As a social practice artist, I've enriched this program with creative collaborations and media, strengthening community ties between Japan and the U.S.

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Nanka Dosanko Kai, Hokkaido, Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles

The Nanka Dosanko Kai, a Los Angeles-based initiative, has been artistically connecting Hokkaido high school students with international homestay experiences since 1997, fostering cultural exchange and global understanding. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, the program incorporated a Hokkaido Product Fair in Los Angeles, blending art, culture, and community engagement. As a social practice artist, I played a pivotal role in student selection, fundraising, and liaising with the Hokkaido Prefectural Government. I transformed these interactions into a collaborative art project, documenting and sharing the journey through various media. Post-program, our debriefing sessions evolved into cultural reunions, further nurturing the community bonds between Japan and the United States.

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