Tidbits May 2011

We are proud to announce:

  • Asian Studies senior major, Nellie Davis '11 has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship. During her scholarship year, she will research Japanese textiles. She has also received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Department for intensive language study in Kyoto this summer.
  • Asian Studies senior major Gwyneth Henning '11 is going teach English in a public school in Japan next year. She is participating in The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, an international exchange between Japan and other nations.
  • Asian Studies major Linnea Johnson '13 has received a Critical Language Scholarship. She will spend this summer in Shanghai. She has also received a Boren Scholarship to study next year in China. Boren scholarship is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP)and focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security and underrepresented in study abroad.
  • Asian Studies senior major Shanshan Xu '11 stopped by after Commencement to say “Goodbye” to Associate Professor Ying Wang and to thank her for her help. She will be working next year at a private boarding school in Delaware teaching Chinese.
  • Asian Studies senior major Shirley Chu '11 is spending the summer at Middlebury College in Vermont with the Chinese language program.

Job posting for recent grads from the Asian Studies Program

"An academic journal based in Beijing is looking to hire a full-time English editor for one year. The journal publishes original research from Chinese universities and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), with a focus on development, policy, and economics. Salary is 10,000 RMB/month, with some coverage for health insurance. A visa is also included. This is an especially great job for a recent graduate who is looking to work in a Chinese language office environment."

Anyone who is interested may contact me by email . If you would like to apply directly, please send a resume. A writing sample is optional but would be helpful.”

News from alums

  • Sarah Conant (Cone) '05  is finishing her Urasenke scholarship year in Kyoto studying Tea Ceremony and is headed back to US for graduate school in East Asian Studies.
  • Marian Smith '09 writes that she is pursuing a masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis on Persian language and literature at Harvard University. She plans on applying to PhD programs in Persian literature and linguistics in the Fall.
  • Casey Brienza '10, PhD candidate in sociology, University of Cambridge, received a Class of 1905 Fellowship from MHC this May towards her dissertation research in Japan.
  • The Asian Studies Program is pleased to announce that Hae Eon Lee '11 is the first recipient of our newest prize, the Chinese Language Award. This prize was established by LinLin, Class of 2003 and a former Chinese Language Fellow, for outstanding student performance in Chinese language learning. When she was a Chinese Language Fellow, Lin Lin tutored in Chinese and helped organize Chinese cultural activities. This prize is her expression of support for our thriving program of Chinese culture and language acquisition.

Other 2011 prize winners are:

  • Special major in Arabic  Adrian Avedisian '11 and Asian Studies major Rachael Ragalye '12 (Barbara Yen Sun Prize)
  • Qinxia Wang '13  (Jackie Blair Seibert '85 Japanese Language Award)
  • Asian Studies senior major Gwyneth Henning '11  (Carl G. Seasword Award in Japanese) and
  • Asian Studies senior major Poh Choo Sim '11  (Irene He Yuan Chinese-American Friendship Award)

On April 22, all MHC six students who participated in the Five-College Chinese Speech Contest brought home prizes. They are:

  • Mariam Dingilian '14
  • Sadia Afroz '13
  • Glori Croft '14
  • Diana Faust '14
  • Jinyoung Park '13
  • Taylor Lloyd '11

The first Five College Japanese Speech Contest was held on April 9. MHC was represented by six students. After hearing a short speech from each contestant, the judges awarded medals to:

  • Phi Le '14, Yaelim Lee '12, Xianxiao Liu '12, and Guiying Ji '14

The Asian Studies Program is expanding its majors from one to four. Pending final approval by the College next semester, our students will be able to major in East Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, as well as Asian Studies. This change was driven by exit conversations with graduating seniors for the last several years who said that graduating with a regional specialization on their diploma is important for job and graduate school applications.


Five College Senior lecturer in Arabic Mohammed Jiyad has published "The Voices of Arab Women: A Media Content-based Reader for Arabic Language and Culture Proficiency", the 5th addition to his Arabic language series. The book includes an introduction by Jiyad (in English) of his in-depth study of women's social status in Islam, particularly on the rights they are granted in the Qur'an.


Indira Viswanathan Peterson, the David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies has co-authored a beautifully-illustrated, large-format book titled "The Great Temple At Thanjavur: One Thousand Years 1010 – 2010" about King Serfoji II and his contributions to the Great Temple at Thanjavur".
As a Tamilian who grew up in Bombay, and knows 12 languages, Professor Peterson sees Serfoji II, a Maratha who grew up in Tamil Nadu and was multi-lingual, as her alter ego.


Associate Professor Naoko Nemoto invites you to join her on twitter , Japanese only, please