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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2009

Student Updates

Undergraduate Award Winners

Congratulations to the following undergraduates EALC majors who have received EALC scholarships:

  • Danielle Krug received the Yasuda Scholarship, which was created in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Yasuda for undergraduates demonstrating excellence in Japanese studies.
  • Tyler Fry, Japanese; Abraham Gerber, Chinese; and Keith Seidel, Korean, have been awarded Uehara Scholarships. This scholarship was created in honor of the late professor Toyoaki Uehara for undergraduates showing excellence in East Asian studies.
  • Emily Stace received the Paul Nutter Memorial Scholarship. 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.
  • Brian Wyrostek has been 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.

The following undergraduates received EASC prizes for excellence in East Asian studies: Alicia Weber—the SOFOKS Award for Korean Studies; Patrick Stoffregen—the Alpine Prize for Japanese Studies; and Roy Hooper—the Undergraduate Award for Chinese Studies. Congratulations to all for their hard work!

Summer 2009 and Academic-Year 2009–10 FLAS Awards

Good news for graduate students: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded EASC an additional academic-year FLAS fellowship for 2009–10, bringing the total number awarded this year to four, for having a high percentage of our fellowships meet the Department’s eligibility priorities. In addition, our partner center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has given EASC three more summer 2009 FLAS fellowship for a total number of five summer awards.

Summer 2009 awardees
  • Katherine Dimmery (M.A., Folklore and Ethnomusicology) will study Chinese at the International Chinese Language Program at the National Taiwan University in Taipei.
  • Lesley Ham (M.A., Journalism and Folklore and Ethnomusicology) will pursue Japanese language studies at the Kyoto Japanese Language School in Kyoto.
  • JaeYun (Jay) Kim (M.A., EALC) will continue his study of Japanese at the Middlebury College Japanese School.
  • Vera Marinova (M.P.A., Public and Environmental Affairs; M.A. EALC) will use her FLAS to study Chinese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
  • Charese Smiley (Ph.D., Linguistics) will study Japanese at the Waseda University Summer Japanese Program in Tokyo.
2008-09 academic-year awardees
  • Jamie Burnett (J.D., Law; M.A., EALC) will continue her Chinese studies at IU. She is interested in a career in international law with a focus on China.
  • Tim Grose (M.A., Central Eurasian Studies) will use his academic-year FLAS to study Chinese at IU, with a research focus on the impact of state-sponsored education on the changing social, political, and religious identity of the Uyghurs living in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Jen Pearl (M.P.A., Public and Environmental Affairs; M.A., EALC) will continue her Chinese studies at IU. She plans a public service career in U.S.-China intergovernmental relations and economic development.
  • Morgan Swartz (M.S., International and Comparative Education) will study Japanese at IU with a focus on Japanese higher education. After graduation Morgan plans to work as a study abroad and international education administrator in a university or college.

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 2010 FLAS fellowships will be due February 1, 2010. Information will be posted on the IU FLAS Web page. The availability of 2010–11 academic-year FLASes will be contingent on the results of this fall’s Title VI grant competition.

Other Student News

Yufen Chang (Ph.D., Second Language Studies) received travel funds from EASC to present “The Tonal Pattern of ABB Reduplication in Taiwanese” at the annual meeting of the Michigan Linguistics Society in October.

Michael Evans (Ph.D., EALC) received an EASC travel grant to deliver a paper, “A Tale of Two Parties: Cultural Revolution and Enemy Creation in China’s Borderlands,” at the annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia at Columbia University in February.

Shingo Hamada (Ph.D., Anthropology) presented “How Kamuy Cep Became Phantom Fish: A Review of Japan’s Herring Cultural History” at the 2009 Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans in March, funded by an EASC travel grant.

Erik Hammerstrom (Ph.D., Religious Studies) received EASC travel funds to present “Secularization and Science among Lay Buddhists: The Works of Wang Xiaoxu 1875–1948” at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annual meeting in March. He presented his paper as part of the panel, “Chinese Lay Buddhists in the Early Twentieth Century and the Question of Secularization: Four Case Studies,” that he organized. His attendance at this conference was also supported by travel funds from AAS. Hammerstrom will participate in the IL/IN East Asia NRC Dissertation workshop “Interpreting Technology and Race in East Asia” in May.

Yen-Chen Hao (Ph.D., Linguistics) presented “Second Language Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese Tones by English and Cantonese Speakers” at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in January, funded by EASC.

Mayumi Hoshino (Ph.D., History) received an EASC travel grant to present “Banzai, Little Nippon!: The Development of the Japanese Community in Chicago, 1900–1920” at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting in March in Seattle.

Pei-Chun Hsieh (Ph.D., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies) received travel funds from EASC to present “The Leisure Constraints of Co-resident Family Caregivers in Taiwan” at the National Park and Recreation Association Annual Congress in October.

Hsin-wen Hsu (Ph.D., Folklore and Ethnomusicology) delivered a paper on “Golden Melody Award: Genre Categorization and Institutionalization of ‘Ethnic Music’ in Taiwan” at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in October, funded by EASC.

Yu-Hsui Lee (Ph.D., Literacy, Culture, and Language Education) received travel funds from EASC to present “Multiple Perspectives for Sustainability in Education: Inside the Chinese Literacy Education for Immigrant Women” at the EDU-COM 2008: Sustainability in Higher Education international conference in November.

Haiyan Liu (Ph.D., Criminal Justice) received an EASC travel grant to present “Intellectual Property Rights Legislation and Enforcement in China” at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in November.

Jonathan Pettit (Ph.D., EALC and Religious Studies) was invited to present papers at Academia Sinica, National Chengchi University, and Chen-li University in Taiwan. He will also deliver a paper at the International Conference on Chinese Popular Religion in Taipei this spring. His article “The Erotic Empress: Fantasy and Sovereignty in Chinese Temple Inscriptions” was accepted for publication in T’ang Studies. He received a Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research from the University Graduate School and a travel award from the Graduate and Professional Student Organization. He also received the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Research Fellowship Award for 2009–10. Although he will be based in Bloomington next academic year, he will conduct field research in Shaanxi and serve as a visiting scholar at Sichuan University.

Joanne Quimby (Ph.D., EALC and Comparative Literature) delivered a paper on “Abnormal Embodiment/Normative Sexuality?” at the Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum at the University of Michigan in March, funded by an EASC travel grant.

Tim Rich (Ph.D., Political Science) received a National Science Foundation grant through its East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students. He will be affiliated with the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Travis Selmier (Ph.D., Political Science) has accepted an appointment as a visiting clinical assistant professor at Kelley School of Business’s Department of Finance for the 2009–10 academic year. He will teach MBA international finance and investments classes and continue his role as co-director of the Investment Management Academy.

Liyan Shen (Ph.D., EALC and Comparative Literature) presented an EALC Ph.D. Colloquium titled “Creativity and the Poetics of Emptiness: The Ming-Qing Period and the Romantic Era” in January. This doctoral thesis project focuses on issues of literary aesthetics in late Imperial China with comparative reference to the Romantic era in Western literary history. She received a travel grant from EASC to present “Self-mockery as Self-affirmation: Badashanren and a Small Portrait of Geshan” in the seminar “Visualizing the Self in Early Modern Literature and Arts,” which she helped to organize, at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference in March.

Jeremy Stoll (Ph.D., Folklore and Ethnomusicology) received EASC travel funds to present his paper “Through the Page Darkly: Japanese Comic Art and Vernacular Religion” at the American Folklore Society annual meeting in October.

Jessica Turner (Ph.D., Folklore and Ethnomusicology) received an EASC travel grant to present her paper “Articulating the Local within the Zhuang Tourism Commons in Guangxi, China” at the American Folklore Society annual meeting in October.

Lei Xu (Ph.D., Geography) delivered a paper, “Chinese ‘Trailing Spouses’ as Dependents of Chinese Graduate Students in the U.S.: Their Experiences—Personal Travails, Successes, Adaptation Problems, Family Tensions, and Stresses,” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Her trip was funded by a travel grant from EASC and a College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award.

Wanxia Zhao (Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received an EASC travel grant to present “Low-Income College Students in China’s Elite Universities: Challenges and Expectations” at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in March.

Yanqiu Zheng (Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received travel funds from EASC to present “An Exotic Alternative: Early Chinese Students and the Cosmopolitan Club at Indiana University, 1907–1937” at the History of Education Society annual meeting in November.

Student Profile: Zejun Gary Zhou
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Zejun Gary Zhou standing in front of a chalkboard with Chinese writing on itHaving taught English in primary and secondary schools in China for 10 years, Zejun Gary Zhou has had firsthand experience of the challenges facing the Chinese education system. As a Ph.D. student in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he brings this experience to his research on issues of equity and elitism entailed by the privatization and commercialization of Chinese schools since 1985, when the Chinese government implemented a policy that made local governments responsible for funding primary and secondary schools. Because many local governments cannot cover the expense, the responsibility for securing funds has fallen to the schools themselves. This new policy has also triggered the reemergence of private schools after an almost 40-year ban, which has further intensified competition and forced a business model on many state schools.

Zhou has a particular interest in the inequities created by the adoption of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at a few elite schools. Developed in Geneva in 1968 as a high school credential for private international school students that would be recognized by universities worldwide, IB has since expanded into many state-sponsored schools, where, Zhou explained, it often retains its elite image and works to reinforce class differences. “My experience in a private Chinese IB school has shown that the IB has been used to strengthen positional advantages among the new rich in China. Many students who, without the IB credential, would have been turned down by good Chinese universities have gone to the best universities in the world,” he said. This is because in China only a small number of elite state and private schools offer the IB Diploma Programme, over half of which only enroll foreign passport holders, which effectively excludes all but the wealthy and connected.

This May Zhou will be sharing his passion for education reform with undergraduate students, accompanying Heidi Ross (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and director, EASC) on a two-week study tour for the EALC E497/EDUC F401 Challenges of World-Class Schooling in Japan and China course. The students will visit primary and secondary schools in Kyoto and Beijing and conduct research for a final comparative project. “I am really excited to observe how American students respond and react differently in China and Japan. I am also interested in their reflections on both places compared with their life experiences in America. It’s my hope that the students discover new perspectives in East Asia and recognize their significance in relation to the American way of life.”

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