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The Untold Stories Behind the Cultural Encounters That Transform Our Lives

   The Show

Our podcast aims to demonstrate how exploring a new culture (in these stories, Japanese culture) can enrich one's life, but the same mentality of open-mindedness and adaptability can apply to just about anything. We believe a single moment of curiosity can lead to a lifelong pursuit, or simply allow us to realize the unexpected opportunities life presents and help us make more meaningful connections along the way.  We hope our listeners hear these stories and feel inspired to embrace what is unfamiliar.

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Our podcast program is made possible thanks to the support of the

Toshiba International Foundation



For our fifth episode, we interviewed Dr. Maria Toyoda, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western New England University and former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University. Maria's Japan journey began with her Japanese immigrant parents and their show business roots, but only began on a personal level with her studies in Political Science in graduate school.

Maria shares her unique perspective on Japan and Japan-US relations thanks to her extensive background in Political Science, Economics, and Higher Education Administration, as well as her experience growing up as part of one of the few Asian immigrant families in Miami, Florida.

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