- Aug 9 2012
Vera Marinova ’06, who completed what then was an independent major in Asian Studies at Berea and went on to study East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University, is returning to her alma mater to teach Chinese language during fall term 2012. While teaching at Berea this fall, Vera also will be preparing to defend her M.A. thesis at I.U., which deals with the role of NGOs in shaping Chinese environmental policies and regulations.
- Jul 27 2012
Students currently or recently enrolled at ASIANetwork member institutions such as Berea College may submit essays on any topic in Asian Studies for the 2012 Marianna McJimsey Award. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize as well as lodging and meals at the ASIANetwork Annual Conference in April 2013. Essays must be submitted by November 1, 2012. Click here to learn more about submission guidelines.
- Jun 13 2012
Jane Tonello ’11 has been accepted as a graduate student by Kyushu University’s System Life Sciences Program in Fukuoka, Japan. Jane is one of only two students who have been admitted into this program as part of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)’s “Global 30” initiative, which aims to promote the globalization of higher education in Japan by recruiting foreign students to study at Japanese universities. Over the next five years, Jane will complete her graduate studies in bio-engineering, culminating in a Ph.D. in the field.
You can follow Jane’s adventures in Japan by visiting her blog.
- May 21 2012
Darlene Smith ’12 has accepted a position as an English teacher in Yuncheng in southwestern Shanxi Province, China. Darlene will instruct middle school students there from August 2012 through January 2013, after which she plans to relocate to the Pacific Northwest and pursue further education and employment opportunities related to Asia.
Follow Darlene’s adventures in China by visiting her blog.
- May 8 2012
- Apr 25 2012
The Asian Studies Program congratulates May 2012 graduates and Asian Studies majors Darlene Smith, Harvey Taylor, Caleb Towers, and Daniel West!
- Apr 6 2012
Dr. Libby Jones, Professor of English, has been selected to participate in this summer’s Institute on Infusing East Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She and other participants in the Institute will undergo intensive training in Chinese and Japanese art, history, literature, philosophy, and religion with some of the world’s best-known scholars in these fields. The goal of the Institute is to increase learning opportunities for undergraduates by equipping faculty not already in Asian Studies to teach about China and Japan.
- Mar 28 2012
Ken Johnson ’09, currently in his second year at theUniversity of Kentucky College of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English and related subjects at the secondary school level inMalaysia from January through November 2013. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest international exchange program available to Americans. Upon completing his Fulbright year in Malaysia, Ken plans to resume his legal studies and complete his J.D. by spring 2014 before pursuing further educational and career opportunities. Congratulations, Ken!
- Feb 14 2012
Daniel West ’12 (pictured right) has been invited to interview for a position with the highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program! Since 1987, nearly five thousand college and university graduates from all around the world have taught their native languages in Japan through the JET Program, which is administered by the Japanese government in cooperation with 38 other national governments. If selected, Daniel will join more than 2,600 Americans (including several recent Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET.
- Feb 13 2012
Associate Professor of Religion Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey has published an online book on Confucian traditions that is compatible with the Amazon Kindle e-book reader. The Patheos Guide to Confucianism is a collection of articles originally written by Richey for Patheos.com, an online portal to peer-reviewed information about various spiritual traditions.