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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

May 2012

Student Updates

Undergraduate Award Winners

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

  • Kimberly Trippi (EALC; Psychology), Japanese; Regan Ferrell (EALC; Political Science), Chinese; and Emily Kluesener (EALC; International Studies), 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.
  • Jennifer Keen (EALC; History; Microbiology) received the Yasuda Scholarship, which was created in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Yasuda for undergraduates demonstrating excellence in Japanese studies.
  • Bethany Muncy (EALC; French) received the Paul Nutter Memorial Scholarship for her achievements in the study of Japanese. 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.
  • Sana Taguchi (EALC) 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.
  • Jin Hwan Jung (Accounting) received the Gines Scholarship for her excellence in Chinese and the Kelley School of Business, 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:

  • Margaret McDonald (EALC; Linguistics)—the SOFOKS Award for Korean Studies
  • Yilun Wang (EALC; Biochemistry)—the Alpine Prize for Japanese Studies
  • Brian Inlow (EALC; International Studies)—the Undergraduate Award for Chinese Studies

Congratulations to all for their hard work!

Summer 2012 and Academic-Year 2012-13 FLAS Fellowships

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

Summer 2012 awardees

  • Sarah Zeng (B.S.B., Business Economics and Public Policy and B.S., Theoretical Mathematics) will be studying Chinese at the Flagship Chinese Institute in Bloomington.
  • Eric Lacour (B.M. Double Bass Performance, EALC) will continue his advanced-level Chinese studies at the Flagship Chinese Institute this summer. He wishes to pursue a career in the arts and cultural exchange after completing his Flagship Capstone year abroad in China this coming school year.
  • Kelly Macarthy (B.A., EALC; Political Science) will study Chinese at the Flagship Chinese Institute at IU. She has interest in studying international relations and foreign affairs with a focus on China.

2012-13 academic-year awardees

  • Jonathan Bratt (M.A., EALC) will study Chinese at IU. After next year he hopes to begin work on a doctorate in anthropology or history.
  • James Nagler (M.A., EALC) will study Chinese at an intensive language program at Nanjing University.
  • Kasey Levine (M.A., Central Eurasian Studies) will continue her Chinese studies at IU. She is interested in Yuan Dynasty Chinese literature and the Mongol Empire's influence on Chinese culture.
  • Sara M. Conrad (Ph.D. Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies) will continue her Chinese studies; she is focusing on Tibetan and Chinese women, motherhood, reproduction, and identity, and will continue coursework as well as fieldwork at IU.

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 2013 FLAS fellowships will be due February 1, 2013. 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 2013-14 academic-year FLASes is contingent on continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

2012-13 SOFOKS Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies

EASC has awarded the 2012-13 Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS) Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies to Anthony Ross (M.A., EALC). Anthony will continue his study of Korean at IU and his research on gender, sexuality, and human rights issues in Korea.

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 2013-14 SOFOKS fellowship will be due February 1, 2013. Application information will be posted on the EASC graduate student funding Web page.

Other Student News

Elise Anderson (Ph.D. student, Folklore & Ethnomusicology; Central Eurasian Studies) received EASC travel funds to present her paper "Symbols of Identity, History, and Geography: Uyghur Music and the Arts in Twentieth-Century Xinjiang" in May at the Musical Geographies of Central Asia Conference in the United Kingdom. She also presented a paper titled "The Irony of the Intangible: Uyghur Heritage in Xinjiang," at the Central Eurasian Studies Society conference in Columbus, Ohio in September. Funded by travel grants from the College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Elise presented a paper titled “Making Minzu Heritage in Xinjiang," at the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, Canada in March. In the spring, she had her paper titled "The Construction of Amannisa Khan as a Uyghur Musical Culture Hero" published in Asian Music.

Timothy Grose (Ph.D. candidate, Central Eurasian Studies) was awarded an EASC travel grant to deliver his paper titled: "Heads of the Class: Uyghur Women's Pursuits of Higher Education, Ethnic Identity, and their Redefinition of Gender Roles" at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in Toronto, Canada in March. His paper "Uyghur Language Textbooks: Competing Images of a Multi-Ethnic China" was accepted for publication for the winter 2013 edition of Asian Studies Review. Tim received a short-term research grant from the Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council for research to be conducted in China this summer.

EASC awarded Ke Li (Ph.D. candidate, Sociology) a travel grant to present her paper "Swimming against the Tide: Chinese Women's Help-Seeking Experiences and Strategies in Divorce Litigation" at the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, Canada in March.

Lily Li (Ph.D. candidate, Comparative Literature) was invited to present a paper titled “Finding Freedom and Reshaping Fate: an Exile’s Disentanglement from Obsession in Gao Xingjian’s Novels” at the international conference called “Gao Xingjian: Freedom, Fate, and Prognostication” in Erlangen, Germany in October. Her paper has been selected to be included in the edited volume on Gao Xingjian, which will be published in English and Chinese in 2012.

Kate Schramm (Ph.D candidate, Folklore & Ethnomusicology,) received a Japan Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship last summer, and will be in Okinawa for 10 months to research community ritual on Miyakojima.

W. Travis Selmier II (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science) and Chang Hoon Oh (Brock University) co-authored a paper titled “International Business Complexity and the Internationalization of Languages” published in the journal Business Horizons. The Economist featured a story titled “The Many Languages of Business” which devoted most of the article to discussing Chang Hoon’s and Travis’ paper. To read more about their paper and the Economist article go here.

Andrew Shimunek (Ph.D. candidate, Linguistics; Central Eurasian Studies) presented a paper titled “The Phonology and Lexicon of 17th Century Korean as Transcribed in Witsen (1692)” at the Professor Kim Banghan Memorial Conference (김방한 선생 추모 학술대회) held in October on the campus of Mokpo University (목포대학교) in Mokpo, South Korea. In November, he presented a paper titled "Jurchen and Early Old Mandarin Phonology" at the The 10th Symposium of the Dankook University Institute of Northern Cultures: The Chin Shih and Northern Culture Studies (금사(金史)와 북방문화연구, 第10回 學術大會, 檀國大學校 附設 北方文化硏究所), held at the Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS, 한국고등교육재단) in Seoul, Korea. In January, Andrew presented a paper titled "The *Taghbach Onomasticon and Serbi-Mongolic Reconstruction, with Notes on Northern Wei Chinese Phonology" at the Winter 2012 Workshop of the Korean Association for Central Asian Studies (2012 年度 中央아시아學會 冬季워크샵), held at Sangju Museum (尙州市 博物館) in Sangju (尙州市), North Kyŏngsang province (慶尙北道), South Korea. In March, Jonathan North Washington presented a joint conference paper co-authored by Jonathan North Washington (Linguistics and Central Eurasian Studies), Niko Kontovas (Central Eurasian Studies), and Andrew Shimunek titled "Language Change in Progress: The Effect of Language Contact on the Phoneme Inventory of Central Eurasian Languages" at The 19th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference in Bloomington. Later in March, he presented a paper on "The Proto-Sarbi-Mongolic Homeland: A Historical-Comparative Linguistic Study of Ethnolinguistic Contact in the Formative Early History of the Hsienpei (*Sarbi) and Mongolic Peoples" at The Xiongnu and their Eastern Neighbors: Pukyong University International Symposium in the Humanities (釜慶大學校 人文科學研究所 國際심포지움: 匈奴와 그 東쪽의 이웃들), held at the National Museum of Korea (國立中央博物館) in Seoul, South Korea.

Yimin Wang (Ph.D. candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received EASC travel funds to present her paper titled "Rebuilding Hope and Sustainability: Constructing the Meaning of “Green” in a Post-Earthquake Rural School in China" at the 56th Annual Comparative and International Education Society Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April.

Edwin Way (Ph.D. student, Political Science) co-authored three papers recently published in China’s Foreign Trade: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A High Barrier Agreement”, “Brazil: A Leadership Role in Pushing for a Multipolar International Monetary System?”, and “Getting at the Pulse of the EU debt crisis”. He has a forthcoming publication titled “Electoral Reform and Party Campaign Strategy: Anthony Downs in Taiwan” in the Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia.

Jihyeon Won (M.A. EALC) was awarded an EASC travel grant to deliver her paper titled "Logic of Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in North Korea: Taking Seriously Incentives of Chinese Investors" at the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, Illinois in April.

Wanxia Zhao (Ph.D. candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received EASC travel funds to present her paper titled "The Developing Purposes of Low-income College Students in Chinese Elite Universities" at the 2012 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada in April.

Student Profile: Jackson Boyar
B.A. in EALC

Jackson BoyarJackson Boyar was never one to evade a challenge. During his junior year of high school, while most of his peers were settling into extra-curricular activities and A.P. classes, Jackson decided to participate in a study abroad program designed for high school students. Many American high school exchange students often choose to spend their year living with a host family in Europe, but Jackson packed his bags and moved to Beijing through School Year Abroad (SYA) program. Jackson’s experience in China and his passion for Chinese language study influenced his decision to apply to Indiana University’s Chinese Flagship Program.

Jackson, who grew up in New Jersey, was fortunate to begin his study at IU in the same year the Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (CCLP) received a $1 million dollar grant from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to start a Chinese language flagship program. Entering third year Chinese as a freshman, Jackson’s strong attribute for learning Chinese embodied a key mission of the Language Flagship Program. After joining the program Jackson spent his first summer studying fourth year Chinese in Qingdao, China. During his sophomore year, he took the fifth year Flagship language course at IU—a course which emphasizes both linguistic development and content. Jackson says he thrived in the Flagship environment where he was required to work hard in order to participate in political debates and speak in an academic manner. The rigorous training he received during this period prepared him for a 14 month stay in China while he continued studying and working during his junior year.

In the summer of 2010, Jackson attended Princeton in Beijing language study program with the support of a Foreign Language and Area Study (FLAS) award, before enrolling directly in Nanjing University for the capstone year of his Flagship studies. After studying at Nanjing University, Jackson completed an internship with Kosmos International Logistics, a freight for order company in Shenzhen, where he was asked to make impromptu speeches in Chinese and cold call clients in the United States. Going beyond the requirements of the Flagship program, Jackson pursued a second internship with Pacific Crest Securities in Shanghai. There, Jackson conducted comprehensive research on high-profile Chinese companies in Online Travel and Digital Media.

Jackson returned to Bloomington in August 2011 to finish his senior year at IU. He recently completed a senior thesis, titled “A Revolutionary Model of Chinese Higher Education," which focuses on the emergence of an innovative university in Shenzhen that operates without the support of China’s Ministry of Education. In March, Jackson presented his senior thesis in Chinese at a Chinese Tidings Lecture before graduating in May. This summer, Jackson will begin his professional career as an associate with L.E.K. Consulting in Boston, where he will have the opportunity to live and work in China once more. Jackson credits his successful job search in large part to the experiences afforded him through IU’s Chinese language and Flagship programs. Certainly, his hard work and willingness to seek out exciting opportunities contributed too!

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