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[International Student Voice] Vol.4 from Taiwan

May 27, 2016

Here are the voices of international students who are studying at Meiji University, in the form of their answers to six questions.

Student: Mr. Gao Yuzhan
From: Taiwan
Faculty: School of Global Japanese Studies
Grade: 3(Undergraduate)

Q: Tell us what prompted you to aim for study in Japan, and the reason why you chose Meiji University.
Mr. Gao: Since high school, I've wanted to be a voice actor in Japan, but making a living as a foreigner doing that is no easy feat. That's why I chose Meiji University's School of Global Japanese Studies - or "Kokunichi" for short. Kokunichi is the perfect department for me because we get to study Japanese culture in addition to Japanese language.

What surprised you about Japan?
Mr. Gao: I was surprised at how many shy people there are in Japan.

What is your favorite place on the Meiji University campuses?
Mr. Gao: (It's not a place but) people at the Nakano Campus. Everyone is so friendly there, which always puts me in a good mood.

Q: What is your favorite class?
Mr. Gao: My favorite class is "Animation Culture" taught by Associate Professor Hirohito Miyamoto.

Q: What is your dream?
Mr. Gao: In the future, I want to be the bridge between Taiwan and Japan. That's why I want to be a voice actor.

What is your favorite Japanese ideographic character (Kanji), and why?
Mr. Gao: I like the kanji 笑. 笑 is a pictograph of a person laughing and dancing. Today, with social networking like LINE and Facebook, it often takes the form of (笑), but even then, I think it retains its original meaning. The essence of 笑 and (笑) is the same. They both have the power to make people happy. That's why I love both 笑 and (笑). I want to be the kind of person who smiles and laughs. 笑 is a powerful, kind kanji that reminds you that if you laugh, then other people will laugh with you.