Posts By: yuhei

Diary: 10/20/2012 Sat.

One Young World Summit 2012 Day 3

Today was the memorable day for me at the session about health. The theme of the health session was equal opportunity for people with disabilities. After the speakers’ presentations, I threw a question to the floor audience. I wrote about that as an essay here.

The evening was also precious time. Delegates had opportunities to visit local residents and had dinner with them. After the several sessions and breakout discussion, we got on a bus and went through the town, and arrived at on house. It was just like an typical image about traditional ages of American life. The house was much larger than the average ones in Japan, and the family welcomed us. After chatting for 30 to 40 minutes with wine and light meal, we sat on the same table. The housefather gave us a short greeting with a few jokes, thanked god for our meeting and then started dinner. I heard from the housemother that there are many international residents here in Pittsburgh, and restaurants of foreign cuisine. Today’s dinner also consisted of various countries’ food including Italian gnocchi, Spanish and Pittsburgh local cuisine (which I didin’t remember the name). It was delicious, and the talk was fun. After finishing the dinner, the housefather played the piano for us. One of the songs was one favorite “Piano man” by Billy Joel. It was so delightful time.

Here Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. Autumn air and trees gave me a peaceful time.



Diary: 10/19/2012 Fri.

One Young World Summit 2012 Day 2

From 7am to about 10pm, there are so many programs with little breaks. Most of the program was consisted of Speech of guests (so many big names) and delegates who introduced their recent actions (most of delegates speakers were involved in self-organized activities, social business or NPO activities). Today’s main topics were Education and Food revolution.

What was funny for me was, almost all of them organizers, guest speakers and delegate speakers mentioned about Facebook and Twitter like “You can take action by now and make the change through social media, Twitter and Facebook!” Well, interesting and good speeches they made, but the mood of the summit was a little odd. The contents were interesting, but they seemed to lack diverse and critical perspectives. It was my first impression, but soon I understood, this summit is a place for advocacy and performance, not for critical discussion. Here is the place for networking, feeling a sense of unity. OK, I don’t blame that. In fact, some of the speakers were so good at delivering their own messages to the mass. While I’m not a so good speaker or performer, it was a good lesson for me on that point.

When getting back the hotel at night, I heard from at the desk that my room had been changed. I moved to the new room, and shared with another delegate. He’s from Norway (now studying at York Univ. in UK though).

朝7時の朝食から、夜10時頃のホテル帰還まで、なんやかんや詰め詰めの一日。プログラムの大半は、guest speakersおよびdelegatesによるスピーチと、それに対する会場からの他のdelegatesによる質疑応答で過ぎていく。一人ひとりユニークな活動をしていて、それは良かったのだけど、ほぼ全員が何かにつけTwitterとFacebookの可能性だのを強調していて、「お、おぅ…」ってなった。それから、質疑応答といっても、ほとんど全て形を変えたスピーチのようなものだった。なんせdelegatesは総勢1,200名ぐらいいて、会場のわずか4,5本のマイクに殺到するもんだから、一人あたり1分で好きなこと主張して交代していくってな光景で、それら一つ一つを拾ってまたディスカッションを展開するという余裕も無かった。「あぁ、つまりこれはショー」なんだな、とほどなくして理解した。批判的・建設的な意見を交換し、議論を積み重ねていくための場ではなく、世界180カ国から集まった若者が自己を表現するハレの舞台なのだな、と。僕個人としてはもう少し違った雰囲気や内奥を予想・期待していたのだけど。チケット含めた諸々の連絡が何かの手違いでサミット2日前に届くというアレだったから、あまり全体像を理解出来ぬまま臨んだから少し拍子抜けしたが、まぁこれはこれで、文句は言うまい。にしてもみんなエネルギッシュだなぁ、と、呑気な日本人は感心しておりました。


Diary: 10/18/2012 Thu.

One Young World Summit 2012 Day 1

This is the first day of the summit, but for my mistake, I missed the early morning airplane from JFK to Pittsburgh… I left my room around 5am but failed to change the train at at the station near JFK. That made only 20 minutes delay but resulted in the closed check in.

By the way, there was a pigeon inside the JFK airport. Strange…

I had to take an evening plane and only arrived at Pittsburgh Airport 6:30pm. A service staff picked me and another delegate from Grenada, she also missed her plane and took us to the hotel to stay. She, the delegate of Grenada is the only one delegate from her country, and works as a high school teacher. During the drive to the hotel he explained us about Pittsburgh. Compared to NY, there are not so many train lines and they commonly move by cars. The city seemed very safe and in a quiet mood. Most of the shops has been already closed. Buildings of the town around he river and bridges were beautiful.

After checking in the hotel, I could join the opening party at the large bridge. I talked with 4 or 5 delegates and had a good time. Most of them whom I talked today are designers (one is from France, another one is from Taiwanese, and the other one is a country, I didin’t hear the name well though, in Africa). I talked about my project in Ishinomaki that collaborate with product a designer, and they looked feel interested in, thankfully. I do believe a power of design to solve social problems.

Anyway, the main programs of the summit will start tomorrow. I’m really looking forward.




Diary: 10/17/2012 Wed.

Tomorrow I will move to Pittsburgh and participate in “One Young World Summit 2012” as one of the Japanese delegation, from 10/18-10/22. For some mistake of logistics, I’ve never received any guidance and announcement about details although I many times sent e-mail to the committee and that delay frustrated me so much these days…but anyway my status has been approved, and I can join the summit finally. It must be exciting!

My concern is, I have to work on homework that is due on Monday evening at the hotel of PIttsburgh at night… I finished the homework of Health and Behavior and Quantitative Foundation today, but I also have Environmental Determinant of Health module homework…

明日からピッツバーグのOne Young World Summit 2012に参加してくる。事務局側の不手際なのか、UK本部とのミスコミュニケーションか、Delegatesの中で僕だけなぜか連絡網から漏れてたっぽく、1ヶ月前から何度問い合わせても全然詳細を教えてもらえないという謎展開だったが、どうにか無事参加出来そう。ほんと、ここ数日バタバタヤキモキして大変だった。ダボス会議から派生した若手世代向けのサミットらしい。楽しんでくる。

Diary: 10/16/2012 Tue.

Attended a practicum orientation. The faculty gave us a list of the past students’ practicum, and I found there are so various options of organizations, areas and programs. As I want to choose field oriented practicum and work in a foreign country, I need to research about international organizations and programs. It must be exciting.

Had a second session of language tutor with my friend. This time I supported translating his resume from English to Japanese. Translation is not just a word-for-word translation, we need to edit sentence based on each language and country’s culture and context so that it sounds natural. It was not so easy, but very interesting training.



Diary: 10/15/2012 Mon.

There seems to be a “demographic shift” of our class… someone begin to skip a few classes that seem less attractive for them, others stay there, also, on the exam day morning most of us(sometimes including me) skip morning lectures so as to prepare for the exam in the afternoon. It’s interesting to see cos such phenomena are globally common in university, same as students in Japan. Anyway, it’s natural. Too many lectures and too many homeworks. Sometimes we need a rest, or to manage schedule strategically.

Quantitative Foundation
Today we learned about screening test. Sensitivity and specificity of a screening test is basically trade off, ant we can’t make a test with both of 100%. Also, it is always possible that we may miss false negative people, those who actually have disease but screened as negative(that mean they are regarded as not having disease) without diagnosing their disease and providing with treatment. Of course I know nowhere is a “magic bullet” that detect all patient with disease with 100% sensitivity and specificity. So we should not be overconfident about the result of “scientific” test too much, and should be sensitive about missing case.

U.S. Health care system
Most of classmates who originally attended this lecture seem to move to other cohort’s professor’s lecture, and now there are only about 20 students staying… To be honest, this lecture is hard for me too, and I was almost deciding to skip this lecture, but today finally I felt I am gradually catching up with this module. As I’m unfamiliar with the U.S. health care system, it was hard to understand the reading materials and lectures smoothly, but this time it was not so terrible. I hope I will do well for the rest of the lecture in this class…

Health and Behavior
Today, the lecturer talked about the theory of social support, or social network that is helpful to promote health behavior. Such kind of social factors of public health is exactly what I’m interested in! My last job was also one that aimed to revitalize and strengthen social bind and capital of people living in a disaster area, so I agree with the importance of these ideas. Some classmates said that such theories related to social and environmental factors are too vague and less specific. Yes, it is, but I think we need to be accustomed with these new ways of comprehensive thinking cos today’s public health challenge becoming more and more complex. I wanna study this area more.

I had a workshop with the lecturer and classmates to brush up my plan of research paper. Although it was tough time, thanks to them, I could made my options clear.

Art exhibition of Kikue Miyatake
Today, I found this exhibition by chance when I entered the building to go to another floor. It was so awesome meeting with wonderful arts! Her style seems abstract paintings and I received direct and energetic message from her drawing. Bright and vivid colors arise from bleak and darker ones and their contrast were so beautiful. Surprisingly, she the painter was sitting at the front chair with a clerk, and I talked with them for a while. She also moved from Japan to NY when she was 24 years old, same as me. And, last year she visited north east of Japan too. How thankful time it was..

授業の合間に、ダウンタウンまで下って、Socia Security Cardの申請に行ってきた。やっぱりキャンパス周辺の168thとは雰囲気が違うな。人の交差が活発だ。昨日の夕食で、ニューヨークの街並みの開放感はどこから来るのかという話をしていたのだけど、ビルが高い分歩道・車道に余裕があること、人があらゆる方向に交差していくことが、どうも東京との違いを生み出しているかもしれない、と。一方東京は、小道・脇道の多さが特徴的で、また、人々も最寄り駅に向かって同じ方向へ動く傾向が強い(場所によるが)。東京のせせこましさも、いじらしくてとても愛おしいけど、時に息場を失くしてうろたえてしまう。New Yorkの街は、余計なことを考えなくて済むから、出歩くことが僕の精神衛生上、良い気がする。No one knows me, I know no one there. しかしそれが気楽なのだ。

「思い出すことなど」 病気で倒れていた時期を回顧する漱石。




Diary: 10/14/2012 Sun.

My former teacher at a seminar of the University of Tokyo (actually he’s still teacher for me even after his retirement) came to New York, and had dinner with him and other alumni students at a french restaurant near the Lincoln Center. Whenever I meet him, I fell secure, and cannot help talking about personal matters…

Well, here Columbia is a wonderful place to learn and build my capacity to work as a public health professional. But not only that this one and half year term of staying abroad must be an import “personal” term to think deeply again about myself – identity, worth of living, role in society, relationship with others. Calm down, and walk moderately.








Diary: 10/13/2012 Sat.

Spent most of the day for reading articles and thinking about paper for writing course. I’m thinking to take mental health problems after disaster, and write a review paper(cos it is not feasible to do a new research by myself within a one semester). I couldn’t do well other things such as review of skipped classes, pre-study for next week classes and homeworks… Don’t need to be too nervous but, a little frustrated.


Diary: 10/12/2012 Fri.

Exam finished!!! Now we gonna have two weeks without exams(after that of course there will be…). After the exam today, I talked with a few classmates, and found they had the same feelings as me. Most of exam questions too general, so we were not sure what we’re supposed to answer. Also, every week, we miss the classes in the morning on Friday before the exam, and worried about being behind… Anyway, time is limited. I shouldn’t be a perfectionist who can do everything (pre-reading, study for exams, homeworks and other things) for one week.

At night, I met with one of my classmates at the University of Tokyo Law department in Washington Heights. He came to New York state from this fall and is going to language school to learn English. He seemed suffering his study, and frustrated with troubles with his roommates. I understand what he complaints, but only we can do is to survive here in a foreign country. If he wants to be released from his suffers, he has to brush up his English, and then go up to a higher level class where is better environment. Well, good luck with each other.