An Interview with Naokimi Ushiroda

Naokimi Ushiroda, the previous National CARP President, shares his experience in attending the Intercultural Exchange Trip last year. Naokimi now works as the Director of Youth and Students with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification USA. 

How was your experience last year?

The thing that stood out to me the most was being able to visit Waseda University, where CARP’s founder, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, our True Father, spent his college years. To be able to stand on the same steps where he stood was surreal and neat. I remember that being really significant.

Also, another really significant experience was having the students of Korea, Japan, and the US come together. After spending two days together doing different activities, we had an Acknowledgement Ceremony where students of each country shared what they appreciate about the culture and strengths of the other two countries.

That was really meaningful to witness. Those that were acknowledged felt so happy to be recognized for what they contribute.

Then, the three CARP Presidents of these key nations (Korea, Japan, and the US) were able to spend time together. It is a significant opportunity when these providential nations are able to come together.

There’s one photo of us shaking hands – that’s providential. To me, it means the key nations are working together, bringing our unique strengths.

Historically, it hasn’t been so easy. Part of that is the distance, but we are also so different culturally. So, for us to even symbolically shake hands, I was grateful for this opportunity for students of these nations to network together.

Assuming that these students in CARP will be future leaders in key areas and organizations, the friendships, relationships, and experiences they will have here as students will have a significant impact on their ability to lead in the future. That’s the most significant outcome of these trips. It’s really staying true to the vision of raising global citizens.

What are a few words to describe this trip?

There’s nothing better to expand one’s mind than to travel the world.

Any encouragements to those going this year?

The first thought that comes to mind – stay curious and you’ll learn a lot. Also, have fun! And, invest while you’re there so you create memorable friendships.

This trip is a great opportunity to do all those things.

From June 19 to July 4 this summer, over 120 students from across the US will participate in this second annual international exchange trip. Please consider giving what you can to help these students with travelling fees and other expenses. 

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Comments (4)

  • Eric

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    The culture wars are coming. You need the spirit of Tiger Park to get ready. CARP’s fights with the Communists of the 70s and 80s will be repeated. The left is already training and organizing.

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    • carphq

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      Thanks for your comment, Eric. We are hoping this International Exchange Trip will be a great training ground for students to become global leaders! Thank you for your support!

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  • Klaus Schick

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    Nice report – What is missing is some reflection on what was talked about in terms of mission and future vision of CARP.
    Today’s leaders either seems to be oblivious or indifferent to the incredible challenges todays College-Students are exposed to.
    There is the cultural secularist trend promoting materialism, Recreational Multi Sexual explorations and than of course in direct partnership the total dominance of Socialism opposing in the most unfair ways Christian Conservatism on Campuses.

    As I and many others of first & second Gen’s see an entire Generation being misled and amongst them many of our own Youth, we wonder why this Issues are not included in your priority lists.
    Of course training and funding is needed to address such challenges.

    How will CARP respond to it – given True Fathers great example he has given to us on all fronts in Korea, Japan, Europe North & south America in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

    sincerely, Klaus Schick

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