Reporters: Jennifer Romero, Rebecca Lupin
On Wednesday, Sep. 20th, 2017 at around 2:50 pm, what J-club was all about had been revealed to us in depth.
Wednesday afternoon we went to the 2nd J-club meeting of the year to interview the leaders to further get a feel of what the club was about.
Upon arriving, we met with Vice president Jude Icoy and member Francesca Yalong and asked them a few questions. While talking about the club, Jude described it as the “intellectual anime club.”
J-club stands for Japanese Club and the purpose of it is to tutor, study and to prepare for J- bowl (Japan bowl).
When together, everyone in J- club does independent studies about the history and culture of Japan. They also study the language and tutor others. Within cultural studies, we were told the club plans to cook things pertaining to the season and festivities.
If you were wondering about if you have to know the language to be in the club,
Francesca Yalong, a Senior told us, “No, just want to learn how to speak, you can walk in knowing nothing.”
So you wouldn’t have to worry about being a non-cgs student.
For those who already have learned the language for more than a year, are qualified to enter a Japanese language competition held in Washington D.C, named J-bowl. We were told the club’s leaders were figuring out the financial planning for the competition.
Asking the leaders about what was difficult about running the club, we were told in response that it was hard getting people to stay. Francesca said, “there’s a lot more people in the beginning, some leave in the middle and come back towards the end”, the end being in April when J-bowl is held. It was also hard Jude explained, tutoring someone who did not really understand what it was they were studying.
All in all, if you were thinking about joining the club; Francesca stated that, “you have to want to learn Japanese and come in if you want to be or learn more about J-bowl”.