Kelly Williams ’07: Taking Care of Business in Asia

Kelly WilliamsKelly Williams ’07, who is employed by Lexington-based Big Ass Fans, is relocating to Asia.  Beginning with a stay in Thailand, he will spend two months in Singapore before moving on to South Korea (where he studied and worked for several years after graduating from Berea).  His new responsibilities in East and Southeast Asia will include evaluating and implementing marketing, construction, and distribution of BAF products in these regions.  Kelly is excited about taking on this new assignment, which positions him at the heart of a global supply chain that connects Kentucky to Asia.  Congratulations, Kelly!  We’re proud of you!

Sarah Resnick ’11 Accepts Position at University of North Texas

Sarah ResnickHaving completed both a term of service as an English instructor in Japan with the JET Program and her M.A. in International Education Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Sarah Resnick ’11 has accepted a position as Student Services Coordinator for Study Abroad at the University of North Texas.  There, Sarah will advise students who seek to develop themselves by extending their educational experience overseas – just as Sarah did by participating in Berea’s exchange with Kyūshū University in Japan.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Foster and Richey on Confucianism’s Revival in China

The Sage Returns coverThe State University of New York Press is publishing The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China, an anthology of scholarly essays that includes the work of Berea College professors Robert Foster and Jeffrey L. Richey. The volume, which was co-edited by Richey and November 2011 Convocation speaker Kenneth J. Hammond, presents anthropological, art-historical, historical, philosophical, political, and religious perspectives on the ongoing revival and reinvention of Confucian traditions in the world’s most populous nation, 2nd-largest economy, and fastest-rising superpower. Read the book’s introduction.


Congratulations, December 2014 Graduates!

The Asian Studies Program congratulates its December 2014 graduates: Julian Augustus ’14, Jacob Hart ’14, and Amber Welch ’14.  Julian is contemplating further studies in philosophy as well as a military career.  Jacob, a triple major in Asian Studies, Education Studies, and History, plans to teach high school-level history and pursue graduate studies in global history that will allow him to explore his interest in East Asian Christian traditions.  Amber will begin teaching English at Everyone R. Academy in Mishima City, Japan.  We wish all of our December 2014 graduates nothing but the best.  Hǎoyùn 好運!  Kōun 幸運!  Good luck!

Amber Welch ’14 to Teach in Japan

Amber WelchCongratulations to December graduate Amber Welch ’14, who has accepted a position as a teacher of English at Everyone R. Academy in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture (just south of Mt. Fuji, two hours by train from Tōkyō)! Amber, who spent a year studying at Kyūshū University, is looking forward to spending the next few years (or more) back in Japan.

Sona Apbasova ’15 Wins Essay Competition

Sona Apbasova

Sona Apbasova ’15 with Turkmenistan flag shirt.

Congratulations to Sona B. Apbasova ’15, whose essay “Pan-Turkism of Republic of Turkey in post-Soviet Central Asian Republics in 1990s” (written under the direction of Dr. Robert Foster) has won the 2014 Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH)’s Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award! Thanks to Dr. Rebecca Bates for sponsoring Sona in this competition.

Tristan Lee Riven ’06 and John Sexton ’06 Start New Company in Borneo

Neorune logoVideo game designers and entrepreneurs Tristan Lee Riven ’06 and John Sexton ’06 have established a new venture called Neorune.  Based in Borneo, the company will focus on creating and producing narrative-driven adventure games such as its current project, Ley Line.  Visit Neorune’s website and Facebook page to learn more about how these Asian Studies alums are putting their degrees to work – for themselves!

Kelly Williams ’07: Taking Big Ass Fans to East Asia

Kelly Williams '07Kelly Williams ’07 has just accepted a position with Lexington-based Big Ass Fans’ International Sales Department as Vertical Accounts Specialist for East Asian Operations!  After graduating from Berea, Kelly spent several years, on and off, in South Korea, where he studied at Yonsei University, taught English, and ran a bourbon importing company.  Since returning to the United States a few years ago, he has worked for several different U.S. firms.  Now his Asian Studies education, on-the-ground experience in East Asia, and business expertise are taking him to the next level.  In his new position, Kelly will work with emerging markets for Big Ass Fans in East Asia.   Congratulations, Kelly!

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Angela Rowe, 2014

Angela Rowe

Fatima King, Sharon Lee, 2014

Fatima King, Sharon Lee

The Asian Studies Program congratulates its May 2014 graduates: Fatima King ’14, Sharon Lee ’14 (both Asian Studies majors), and Angela Rowe ’14 (Asian Studies minor).  An aspiring computer animator, Fatima would like to design video game characters.  Following graduation, Sharon will begin teaching English in Japan as an employee of AEON.  Angela plans to complete a second undergraduate degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in public health, and hopes to combine her graduate school field work with travel in Japan as well as Ireland.  We’re very proud of all of you!  Ichiro heian o inoru 一路平安を祈る (We wish you a smooth road)!

Bereans in Asia in 2014-15

China, Japan flagsAs the 2013-14 academic year draws to a close, many Asian Studies majors and minors are preparing to travel and study in Asia.  In Japan, Katrina Frailey ’16 will spend fall 2014 at Kansai Gaidai University while Jennifer Adams ’16 will spend the entire 2014-15 academic year at Kyushu University.   Also in Japan, Bethany Butters ’15, Nick Riley ’15, and Brittany Welch ’15 will accompany Professor Jeff Richey as participants in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)’ summer program, and Jaimah Pyburn ’16 will join three other Bereans for a summer internship at the Kiyosato Education Experiment Project (KEEP).  Meanwhile, Erica Berejnoi ’16, Hollister Doty-Griner ’15, and a dozen other students will travel and learn with Professors Rebecca Bates and Robert Foster in China this summer.  Including other students and faculty who will participate in these and other programs, over two dozen Bereans will spend part or all of the coming academic year in Asia.  The Asian Studies Program is proud of these students and faculty and grateful for the invaluable assistance provided to them by our campus’ Center for International Education and Office of Internships.