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Kazuho Kubota

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Kazuho Kubota was born in Japan in 1996. She lived and studied in Tokyo before coming to the United States in 2016 as an exchange student at the University of Minnesota.

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    Hello. I am Kazuho Kubota. I am an exchange student from Japan. I came to the United States on 23rd of August, 2016. So, I have spent about two months here in Minnesota. In my life here, I found one thing that is quite different from Japan. It is diversity. In Japan, I have never felt the diversity of races in the world. I attended college centered in Tokyo and have been to many places inside and outside Tokyo. However, Japan is relatively homogeneous country compared with other countries like the United States, so most of the people I meet in my daily life are all Japanese. I hardly meet the people from foreign countries and regions. Therefore for me, meeting with international students at the university is almost my only way to interact with people who have different background. On the other hand, in the United States, I can find so many diverse people both U.S. born and international, Whenever I enter the restaurant, walk on the street, attend the class and hang out with my friends, I can see many kinds of races and skin of colors. I have not been treated as foreigner only on the appearance since there are many Asian Americans living here. The acceptable attitude and tolerance for other races in the United States is very good. I think it is because the United States itself is a country of multiculturalism and diversity. Historically, many immigrants and people who have various reasons have come to the United States, which often treated them with tolerance. The world is now globalizing more and more. In the globalizing society, learning how to cherish the differences of identity, culture and communities is significant. I think that America’s multiculturalism and tolerance is one of the tips for co-existence in the larger world.