It’s harder to be afraid of something you know.
That’s the message of a new video about cultural inclusion funded by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. University of Findlay professor Hiro Kawamura begins the video by telling of his childhood in Japan and meeting an American guest. He was afraid of the man because he was tall, spoke another language and looked different.
From that experience, Kawamura has embarked on several outreach programs in the area, including linking UF international students with students in area public schools. In the past, Kawamura has organized an after-school Japanese club for students in second through fifth grade. Through the programs, the children learn from each other and find they much in common.
Kathy Kreuchauf, foundation president, said the video’s aim is to build awareness of how small the world really is. “To be successful, the community needs to be a welcoming community and this is a step in that direction,” she said.
The video, entitled “Different but the Same,” can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=leQYXHSzkxE