On Nov 7th, 2015, Jilin University played host to the 3rd Student Forum of China, Japan, and South Korea of CAMPUS Asia. The forum this year focusing on Changchun and themed in “Relationship between Changchun, Japan, and South Korea”, encouraged students in CAMPUS Asia to know more about Changchun and find “common interests in East Asia” through field research.
Research topics in the forum were chosen by students themselves who carried out and released the research through field study, information collection, and group work. Students from Okayama University and Sungkyunkwan University delivered informative and clear-cut reports like “Changchun-Jilin-Tumen—Changchun, Connecting Point for China and South Korea”, “Approaching the Relationship between Changchun, Japan, and South Korea from Historic Perspective”, “Between South Korean Students Who Study in China and Changchun”, “Between Auto Manufacturing-One Industry in Changchun and Japan”, “Movie Theme Parks in Changchun, South Korea, and Japan”. After each report, students from Jilin University present in the forum raised questions and had discussions with the speakers. They deepened their understanding towards each topic with the exchange of ideas.
Kim Hee Chu from Sungkyunkwan University presented the foundation and status quo of “Changchun, Jilin, and Tumen Developing and Opening up the Precursor Area”. With the research and investigation, Kim Hee Chu believes that Changchun-Jilin-Tumen development is important for China and South Korea in terms of economic development and personnel exchange; and to promote Changchun-Jilin-Tumen development, fully developed transportation must be built in the first place. In their study over Changchun in the reign of Manchukuo time (Japanese Puppet State in China), Shimizu Atsushi, Kamitake Kakifrom, kimura miki from Okayama University studied the influence of modern history on urban development of Changchun by comparing Changchun in that age and the Changchun today. Bang Hae Jin from Sungkyunkwan University studied in her research over “Why Changchun Becomes the Most Popular Chinese City for International Students from South Korea?” and asked students present at the forum “How do you see the prospect of Changchun’s development?”. Kurose Kanako from Okayama University conducted research over the automobile industry in Changchun and pointed out, with the case of FAW-Toyota cooperation, that economic cooperation can enhance people-to-people exchange, and is important in facilitating mutual understanding between countries. Won Geun Han from Sungkyunkwan University introduced from cultural perspective the development of movie industries in China, Japan, and South Korea---Changchun Film Studio, Chungmuro in South Korea, and Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Japan.
Graduate students from College of Humanities, College of Foreign Languages, and School of Foreign Language Education present at the forum commented on the reports of students from Sungkyunkwan University and Okayama University and shared their ideas.
The forum touched upon multiple aspects such as politics, economy, history, culture, and society of China, Japan, and South Korea. The research and reports were closely linked to the theme of Relationship between Changchun, Japan, and South Korea. For students of CAMPUS Asia, this forum is a “trip of discovery”, enabling them to pay attention to the things around that were neglected by them before, and get to know Changchun, a Northern capital, all over again from an international angle and through the perspective of political, economic, social, and cultural development of East Asia.