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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

April 2011

Student Updates

Undergraduate Award Winners

Congratulations to the following undergraduate EALC majors and minors who have received EALC scholarships:

  • Jeffrey Heerdink (EALC; International Studies; Germanic Studies), Japanese; Brian Inlow (EALC; International Studies), Chinese; and Bethany Muncy (EALC; French), Korean were awarded Uehara Scholarships. This scholarship was created in honor of the late professor Toyoaki Uehara for undergraduates showing excellence in East Asian studies.

  • Sungsoo Hwang (EALC) received the Yasuda Scholarship, which was created in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Yasuda for undergraduates demonstrating excellence in Japanese studies.
  • Michael Rayome (EALC; Sociology) received the Paul Nutter Memorial Scholarship for his achievements in the study of Chinese. This scholarship is in memory and honor of Paul Nutter, an EALC Japanese major, for students in any East Asian language demonstrating the same heart and commitment to learning that Paul expressed.
  • Yi Zhang (Marketing) was awarded the Korean Visiting Scholars’ Award. This award was made possible by the IU Korean Visiting Scholars Association and was established to help promote excellence in the study of Korean language and culture.
  • Lani Beams (Biochemistry; EALC; Classical Studies) received the Gines Scholarship for her excellence in Chinese, an award given by James Gines and his wife, Noriko, to undergraduates combining excellence in an East Asian language with excellence in pre-professional school studies.

The following EALC undergraduate students received EASC prizes for excellence in East Asian studies:

  • Joanna Sun Fearing (EALC; International Studies)—the SOFOKS Award for Korean Studies
  • James Wilson (EALC; Latin/Greek; Linguistics)—the Alpine Prize for Japanese Studies
  • George Feldman (EALC)—the Undergraduate Award for Chinese Studies

Joanna graduated in May and will take part in a State Department internship at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. James is a rising senior, and George is a rising junior in the Chinese Flagship Program. Congratulations to all for their hard work!

Summer 2011 and Academic-Year 2011-12 FLAS Fellowships

EASC has awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to the following students:

Summer 2011 awardees

  • Amanda Bates (M.A., EALC) will study Japanese at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama.
  • Jonathan Bratt (incoming M.A. student, EALC) will pursue Chinese language studies at the IU Flagship Chinese Institute.
  • Sara Conrad (M.A., Central Eurasian Studies) will study Chinese at the IU Flagship Chinese Institute.
  • Patrick Johndro (B.A., EALC) will use his FLAS to study Chinese at the Princeton in Beijing program.

2011-12 academic-year awardees

  • Alex Burch (M.P.A., Public and Environmental Affairs) will continue his Chinese studies at IU. He is interested in a career in government service with a focus on China.
  • Laura Corser (M.A., EALC) will use her academic-year FLAS to study Korean at IU, with a research focus on the construction of contemporary North and South Korean identity, particularly in reaction to the great powers that exert influence over the peninsula.
  • Allison Darmody (M.A., EALC) will continue her Japanese studies at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama.
  • Jessica Harding (M.A., EALC) will study Chinese at IU with a focus on Chinese linguistics.

The FLAS program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education to make funds available for foreign language and area or international studies. The program has three main goals: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area and international studies; (2) to support the development of foreign language proficiency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs. The benefits of the FLAS Fellowships include a tuition fee remission, a stipend for living expenses, and enrollment in the graduate student health insurance program (for academic-year recipients only).

Applications for summer 2012 FLAS fellowships will be due February 1, 2012. FLAS information for undergraduate students will be posted on the EASC undergraduate FLAS Web page; information for graduate students will be posted on the EASC graduate FLAS Web page. The availability of 2012-13 academic-year FLASes is contingent on continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

2011-12 SOFOKS Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies

EASC has awarded the 2011-12 Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS) Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies to Thomas Stock (M.A., EALC). Thomas will continue his study of Korean at IU and his research on North Korea’s state ideology.

The SOFOKS fellowship supports graduate training in Korean studies at IU and is funded by the Society of Friends of Korean Studies, a private fundraising organization based in Indianapolis. It is awarded annually to a Korean studies graduate student with an excellent academic record or to someone applying to pursue graduate studies in Korean language and culture at IU.

Applications for the 2012-13 SOFOKS fellowship will be due February 1, 2012. Application information will be posted on the EASC graduate student funding Web page.

Other Student News

Aaron Albin (Linguistics; Second Language Studies) received ANU/IU Pan Asia Institute funding to attend the Japanese Studies Summer Graduate School in February at The Australian National University and presented his paper “Historical Nativization of Source-faithful Patterns in the Accentuation of Japanese Loanwords.”

Alex Burch (M.P.A., Public and Environmental Affairs) will be completing an internship this summer in Beijing: he will be an assistant for a Chinese lawyer at Kamsky Associates, a consulting firm.

Laura Corser (EALC) delivered her paper “Nation on the Rocks: The Politics of the Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute” in February at the 10th Annual East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region in Honolulu. She also presented a paper titled “Citizenship Policies for North Korean Defectors Residing in South Korea” at the International Public Affairs Association spring conference in March. She was also the contributing editor for the English translation of the 2010 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea published by the Korean Bar Association.

Cheryl Cottine (Religious Studies) was awarded the Department of Religious Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year.

Ju Young Jin (Comparative Literature) received EASC travel funds to present her paper “Grafting Korean, Engendering Koreanness through the Foreign” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu in March.

Hye-Kyung Kim (Language Education) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present her paper titled “Positioning in the Constructive Narrative Identities in Language Teacher Education” in March at the 2011 TESOL Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans.

Stephan N. Kory (EALC) received an EASC travel grant to present his paper “Semiotics and Scarality in Early Imperial and Medieval Chinese Pyro-plastromancy” in March at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu. Additionally, in April he delivered his dissertation colloquium on his project “Reconfiguring Cracking:  Continuity and Innovation in Han through Tang Pyro-plastromancy.”

Funded by an EASC travel grant, Erika Kuever (Anthropology) presented a paper titled “Performance and Spectacle in the 60th Anniversary National Day Parade in the People’s Republic of China” at the Annual Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Conference in London in April.

Luke Martineac (B.S.B., Public Policy Analysis; B.S.B., International Business; Chinese Flagship program) received a 2011 Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program to enable U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in study abroad.

Jonathan Pettit (EALC) was awarded an EASC travel grant along with a College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award to deliver his video presentation “Science and Religion in China” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu in March.

Timothy S. Rich (Political Science) had a chapter in The Changing Dynamics of the Relations among China, Taiwan, and the United State (Cal Clark, ed.) titled “Renting Allies and Selling Sovereignty: Taiwan’s Struggle for Diplomatic Recognition” published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He had three papers published: “Engaging North Korea: Is 2010 a Watershed Year for US-DPRK-ROK Relations?” in the Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, “Engaging North Korea after the Cheonan Sinking” in The Newsletter published by the International Institute for Asian Studies, and “Missionaries Infiltrating North Korea: How Long Can the Hermit Kingdom Avoid Reform?” in Asia Pacific Memo #77. Additionally, Tim will be teaching a Collins Living-Learning Center course, CLLC L120 Introduction to North Korea, in the fall.   

Hsiang-ning Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) was awarded an EASC travel grant to present her paper “Does Identity Really Matter?
(Re)identification of Taiwanese Transmigrant Adolescents Studying in China” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars in Honolulu in March. Hsiang-ning co-taught an undergraduate Education course, EDUC U212 The Rising Power of Asia and Its Challenge to American Education, this spring.

Lei Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received EASC travel funds to present her paper “The Shaanxi Spring Bud Project, 2000-2010: Findings on the Impact of Scholarship Support, Schooling, and Transnational Collaboration on Rural Girls’ Lives, Learning, and Future” in May at the Comparative and International Education Society conference in Montreal. This spring Lei co-taught an undergraduate Education course, EDUC U212 The Rising Power of Asia and Its Challenge to American Education.

This spring Yimin Wang (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) taught an undergraduate course in Education, U212 Media, Culture and Education: A Global Perspective.

Student Profile: Edwin Way
Ph.D. in Political Science

Headshot of Edwin WayAs with many graduate students, the road to the Ph.D. has seemed to Edwin Way circuitous at times, but in retrospect it is clear that he has been pursuing his path with increasing purpose. In high school Edwin studied French as his foreign language, but a reading of American journalist Edgar Snow’s Red Star over China (1937), an account of the birth of the Chinese Communist movement, piqued his interest in China. As an undergraduate he majored in economics and took three years of Chinese. For Edwin, integrating these two areas of study seemed ideal, given China’s rapidly growing economy.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Edwin spent two years in Hangzhou teaching English and improving his language skills. When he returned to the States, he completed a master’s degree in political science at the University of Oregon, where he met EALC professor Jennifer Liu, who was serving a one-year position as the Academic Director of the Chinese K-16 Flagship Program. Recognizing his high level of proficiency, Liu recruited him to EALC’s M.A. in Language Pedagogy program. As part of his training, Edwin served as an associate instructor in first-year Chinese and the Chinese Language Institute’s pre-college course. Of this experience Edwin said, “It was the most ideal teaching setting imaginable in terms of the resources that were available as well as the collaborative environment among the instructors.” Increasing interest in China’s political economy, however, galvanized Edwin’s desire to enter the Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science, which he did in fall 2010, and to work more closely with Scott Kennedy (EALC; Political Science), one of the leading scholars of China’s political economy.

Edwin is currently a research assistant at Kennedy’s Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business and is examining China’s role in global governance. This spring Edwin helped teach the China section of an EASC-sponsored undergraduate course on Emerging Economies by providing seven weeks of instruction on China’s recent history and current economic situation. Edwin also accompanied the 18 undergraduate students who took the course on a 10-day trip to China, one of the highlights of which was the opportunity to visit Whirlpool Asia and to speak with an IU Kelley School of Business alumnus and a vice president of the company about Whirlpool’s strategies in the Chinese market.

Edwin’s path towards the Ph.D. has perhaps been circuitous, but with each turn the way forward has appeared clearer. He hopes the doctoral degree will lead to an academic or government job related to China and international trade.

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