Department News, October 2014

Fall 2014 East Asian Languages and Literatures NewsletterBelow is a sampling of updates from the Fall 2014 East Asian Languages and Literatures Newsletter. To see the full newsletter, click on the thumbnail to the right.

Faculty Kudos
News from You



Faculty Kudos

Jonathan ChavesJonathan Chaves contributed the translations and research to the catalogue of the exhibition, Eat This and Drink Some Tea at the Alexandre Gallery in New York. The exhibition is dedicated to Zen Buddhist calligraphy and the paintings of the Obaku school. For American aficionados of Chinese and Japanese art, this ground-breaking show is the perfect introduction to the calligraphy and painting of Chinese Buddhist monks who emigrated to Japan in the 17th century as well as their Japanese disciples. (Photo: Professor Chaves at the Alexandre Gallery)

Liana ChenLiana Chen presented "Performing the Past, Eyeing the Future: Negotiating Collective Identity in Kangxi's Court Theatre" at the 2014 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.



First Historical Archives of ChinaHongyuan Dong did archival research in June at the First Historical Archives of China, housed inside the Palace Museum in Beijing, for his research project "Linguistic Nation-Building in Modern China." He collected archival materials on the early efforts during the mid- and late-Qing Dynasty to promote Mandarin Chinese and to create a national language. (Photo: The First Historical Archives of China)



Nihongo no Onomatope book coverShoko Hamano published Nihongo no Onomatope: Onshōchō to Kōzō [Onomatopoeia in Japanese: Sound Symbolism and Structure] from Kurosio Publishers, Tokyo. The book demonstrates close synchronic and diachronic relationships between the regular vocabulary stratum and the sound-symbolic stratum in Japanese.



Alexa HuangAlexa Huang, affiliated faculty, was named the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick for 2014-2015. She will be working on a book entitled Shakespeare and Diaspora, which introduces readers to diaspora—a new aspect of the global afterlife of Shakespeare in the context of touring performance.



Yunkyoung KangYunkyoung Kang led a Language Center workshop entitled "Applying Cognitive Linguistics Principles to Language Teaching" in May. In June, she became a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester in the Korean language. (Photo: Professor Kang leading a workshop at the Language Center)



Young-Key Kim-RenaudYoung-Key Kim-Renaud began her research year in Nanjing, China in September. In the fall semester, she is teaching two linguistics courses at Nanjing University School of Foreign Studies. (Photo: Professor Kim-Renaud enjoying Nanjing food)



Simple Happiness book coverJun Miller’s new books, including her most recent, Simple Happiness, were exhibited at the Shanghai Book Fair.




Rika Seya's studentsRika Seya led another successful summer Japanese program. In addition to a rigorous academic program, she filled it with cultural activities such as calligraphy, tea ceremonies, cooking, flower arrangement and kaiten zushi. (Photo: Professor Seya’s students wearing yukata, summer kimono)



Hang ZhangHang Zhang won a Columbian College Facilitating Fund for the academic year 2014-2015 for her research project titled “The Underlying Form of Mandarin Tone 3: Evidence from L2 Studies.” The research bridges theoretical Chinese linguistics and second-language acquisition studies of the Mandarin Chinese third tone. She also published a paper “An OT Account of the Second Language Acquisition of Mandarin Tone Pairs” in Cardoso, W. (ed.) The Concordia University Working Papers in Applied Linguistics (COPAL). Volume 5, 2014, pp. 783-797.


Phyllis Zhang with symposium attendeesPhyllis Zhang presented "Restructure CFL Instruction with Technology" at the Third Symposium on the Supervision of Research Students in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, held at Nanjing University, China. (Photo: Professor Zhang (front row, second from right), with the Symposium attendees.)


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News from You

Sara Bachouros, BA ’13, moved to Saitama City (just north of Tokyo) as a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She just started her second year as an assistant language teacher. In her free time, she tries to maintain a good balance of karaoke and keeping up with her Japanese language studies.

Elysia Bowles-Charles, BA ’09, is a logistics specialist working for the DOD’s Defense Logistics Agency which contracts and manages the government's energy resources.

Laurence Brouillette, BA ’13, is working in a transaction banking analyst program at Citigroup.

Katherine Davis, BA ’10, has worked for CET Academic Programs, a provider of study abroad programs, since 2011. She started in CET’s D.C. office as an Asia programs coordinator and now works from her home office in Austin, Texas, as the southwest campus relations coordinator. A large percentage of the students with whom she works study in East Asia. She has had opportunities to travel around the U.S., Italy, China and Central Europe, and is enjoying her work in the field of international education.

James Flynn, BA ’03, taught English in Kansai, Japan, for five years and returned to the U.S. in 2008. He is currently the assistant principal of a public elementary school in the Bronx, N.Y. On a personal note, he just got engaged to his girlfriend, who teaches college Japanese.

Aaron Freidus, BA ’13, just completed a wonderful year working abroad on the JET Program teaching English in a small Japanese farming town called Kudoyama in rural Wakayama prefecture.

Rumi Fujii, BA ’13, works for a Japanese government related trade promotion NPO called Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). At the time of this writing, she was busy organizing an “Invest Japan” seminar where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe was scheduled to speak.

Hilary Ho, BA ’13, worked for State Farm Insurance for one year and has just started her first year of law school at Emory University.

Dong Hoon Jung, BA ’06, took an MBA course at Keio University in Japan after graduation. Now he is the vice president of a content business company working in the field of character licensing, broadcasting, publishing and game development and distribution in South Korea.

Caitlin Keliher, BA ’13, volunteers in Asia Fellowship and works at The Amity Foundation in Nanjing while teaching at Hohai University and studying Chinese.

Natasha Little, BA‘10, has been working at the Embassy of Japan as an assistant for the Management and Coordination Section for the past three years. She manages guest lists and preparation for receptions held at the Ambassador's Residence, and she also assists with speech writing and embassy outreach to the Japanese-American community. She says that it has been a pretty great experience.

Peter Mak, BA ’06, after working for PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past six years, has decided to join his father's firm.

Ross Matzkin-Bridger, BA ’06, manages nuclear nonproliferation projects for the Department of Energy. Earlier this year, he led negotiations with Japan on eliminating a particularly sensitive inventory of such materials, which culminated in a deal that was announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. He says that he often uses his Japanese language on the job and that the reading, writing and speaking skills that he learned at GW have played a vital role in his career thus far.

Clark Munson, BA ’03, is managing translation projects, cheering on his wife in her MBA program, finishing up some Japanese novels and speaking Japanese with his three-year-old daughter.

Patrick Orton, BA ’14, has been teaching English at Japanese middle and elementary schools through the JET Program.

Joseph Park, BA ’11, is currently in the last few steps of applying to medical school and has been working at the NYU Langone Medical Center as a clinical research coordinator. He has also been promoted to crew chief and continues to volunteer for a local EMS ambulance corps. He says that he is proud that the personal statement that he used in his medical school application is centered on his passion for the Japanese language that he has pursued with the East Asian Language Department at GW.

Samuel Parkinson Porter, BA ’12, worked after graduation as a research assistant with Professor Mike Mochizuki on the U.S.-Japan Alliance and Memory and Reconciliation Project in the Asia-Pacific. In the spring of 2014, he relocated to Madison, Wisc., where he has begun his studies as a first year PhD student in Modern Japanese history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently focusing on the evolution of war memory narratives in Japan and Germany in the wake of the Vietnam War.

Anna Sarnek, BA ’12, is working for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, providing portfolio analysis services across all principal staff assistant directors of the office of the Secretary of Defense. She has been accepted for the MA degree at Johns Hopkins SAIS, beginning the fall 2015 semester.

Yasheng She, BA ’14, has been working for the psychology department at GW as a project assistant while also interning at TV-Asahi Washington Bureau and preparing for grad school.

John Suzuki, BA ’08, has been working in Tokyo since 2009 in the commercial real estate industry and enjoying the wide spectrum of experiences that part of the world offers.

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