The Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association board of directors just added its first youth member in the organization’s 53-year history.
Sara Onitsuka is a 16-year-old junior at Grant High School in Portland. She has been studying Japanese since she was four years old and currently participates in the Japanese Magnet Program offered at the school.
Last summer Sara had the opportunity to be a part of the Sapporo Summer Institute trip to Sapporo, Japan. She stayed in the home of a Japanese family for three weeks and was immersed in Japanese culture.
Sara also records radio pieces for Asian Pacific-American Compass, a local radio program on KBOO Community Radio. To hear Sara’s reflections on her 2012 stay in Japan, go to http://kboo.fm/node/50510.
The Sapporo Summer Institute is an educational program supported by the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association. Plans for next year’s trip to Japan are currently underway.