Most Japanese Students at Marshall University Anxious to Return Home

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Most Japanese Students at Marshall University  Anxious to Return Home

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March , the disaster  touched Marshall University students/ The University’s International and Japanese communities have experienced sorrow.


Bintou Diao, President of the International Students’ Organization at Marshall, said, “I have spoken to some students [that have relatives and friends] back in Japan. One told me that her sister lost her house. She was forced to move in with her parents,” Ms. Dias said.


On Friday night , Japanese, international and American students , along with members of the Marshall community, attended the third annual “Eat Around the World,” sponsored by the International Students Organization.


Diao explained that the theme was Asia. Students from South Korea, Japan, China, and Vietnam cooked fresh food for the event. Guests purchased three tickets for $3 which allowed them to sample three different culinary offerings.

Funds raised will go to the Marshall University Japanese Club which will donate the money to the Japanese Red Cross and to a special friend of Marshall in Japan.


Dias, who comes from Mali in West Africa, told that many of the Japanese students at Marshall were “anxious” about returning to their country. The organization has been supportive both with social events and talking with the students.


“We gave them a lot of support by having get togethers  and someone to talk to. Most are going back,” she said.



Hwami Yang helped organize three fund raising events for the Japanese Club.


“This is an opportunity for the students to raise money for those back home in the catastrophe,” Yang said. “Some of the people have family [in Japan] and this will help out.”


Previously, the MU newspaper told that some of the students knew a Marshall alum, Hiro Ishii, who taught near the location of the quake and tsunami.


The Japanese Club’s previous bake sale and art sale have raised more than $4,000 for victims of the tragedy.


Clark Egnor, executive director of MU’s Center for International Programs  , in early April told HNN, “We don’t have any students or faculty in the radiation zone.”

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