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One of the best outcomes of a cultural exchange is when the person on the visiting end has their stereotypes shattered.

“Before I visited India, I had this image that everyone in India loves dancing,” recalls Hiromi Maruhashi, who moved to the country to study when she was 24. “But, only after I got there did I realize that not everyone likes or learns classical dance. It’s a minority, and I became one of them.”

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