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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

November 2010

Alumni News

                • See Alumni Profile on Guy Wulfing

Dr. Charles Andrews (EALC Ph.D., 2008) is the recipient of a 2010-11 ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, teaching Japanese language, culture, and history at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.

Suzy Cincone (EALC M.A., 2009) is pursuing a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Since September Prof. Erik J. Hammerstrom (Religious Studies Ph.D., 2010) has been serving as a tenure-track assistant professor of Chinese and Comparative Religion in the Department of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

Michelle Hertzfeld (EALC M.A., SPEA M.P.A., 2010) is an International Relations Specialist at the Satellite and Information Service’s International and Interagency Affairs Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Prof. Gregory Johnson (EALC Ph.D., 2008) is an associate professor of history in the Faculty of Comparative Culture at Ōtsuma Joshi Daigaku in Tokyo.

Caleb Kramer (Telecommunications B.A., 2009) is an Engagement Planner at MobileBehavior, a marketing consultancy in New York, NY.

This spring Dr. Joanne Quimby (EALC Ph.D., 2010) will be serving as an assistant professor in the Asian Studies program at DePauw University. She will be teaching two courses: Modern Japanese Novelists and Images: Japan. A Cultural History of Japan through Literary Images.

EALC visiting scholar Dr. Jeeyoung Shin (Communication and Culture Ph.D., 2008) will be teaching a new undergraduate course this spring, EALC 350 South Korean Popular Culture and Media.

Guy Wulfing

EALC B.A., 2009

Guy Wulfing sitting at deskGrowing up in the small northern Indiana town of Chesterton offered little opportunity for Guy Wulfing to be exposed to East Asian languages and cultures, at least until he stumbled upon Japanese animated films, also known as anime. The availability of anime at the time was limited, but the challenge of finding more fueled his interest in Japanese culture. This passion for anime led him to study Japanese for four years in high school, after which, coming to IU Bloomington and majoring in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures was the logical next step.

During his junior year he studied abroad for two semesters at Nanzan University through IU’s Overseas Study program, and upon completing his B.A. in EALC, he decided to pursue certification to become a Japanese teacher. He enrolled in the School of Education’s Secondary Transition to Teaching program, which led him to another opportunity to go to Japan—the IU Cultural Immersion Projects. The Cultural Immersion Projects program enables students to complete part of their teaching practicum at numerous sites abroad, including Hiroshima, a site developed in 2009 with the support of EASC’s Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II grant. In this eight-week program, Guy taught English at Hiroshima University High School and lived with host families, further deepening his understanding of Japanese culture and his language skills.

Shortly after returning from Hiroshima, Guy was hired as a Japanese teacher at Franklin Community High School. He credits his success on the highly competitive job market to his EALC degree and the opportunities for overseas study afforded by his IU education. Reflecting on his time at IU, Guy remarked on how accessible he found EALC staff and faculty: “For a large school such as IU, the department has a sense of community in which everyone knows each other.” He hopes to awaken in his own students the desire to take a journey into a foreign culture, as he has done. And for parents, he adds, “Don’t discourage your children from seeking out knowledge of foreign cultures, even including watching cartoons, because you never know what opportunities it could lead to.”