Noah White ’13 has accepted 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. This August, Noah will join more than 2,600 Americans (including several Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET.
The Asian Studies Program congratulates Professors Shan Ayers, Rebecca Bates, Robert Foster, Gordon Gray, and Michelle Tooley on their acceptance by various intensive study programs based in the Asia/Pacific region this summer! Professor Ayers and Tooley will study Chinese and Japanese art, literature, and religion at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Professors Bates and Foster will study Indian culture and history in India through the National Endowment for the Humanities. Finally, as previously announced, Professor Gray will study in Vietnam through the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey’s book, Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s History in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam recently was published in the Association for Asian Studies’ Key Issues in Asian Studies series. The book, which is intended primarily for high school and college students, introduces fundamental patterns of East Asian history, spirituality, society, and politics through the lens of Confucianism’s development and impact in the region.
Aaron Meadows ’12 is serving with the United States Peace Corps in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, China, as a teacher of English.
The Asian Studies Program congratulates Dr. Gordon Gray on his acceptance into the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP) Summer 2013 Seminar on Vietnam! Along with seven other professors from other liberal arts colleges and universities, Dr. Gray will spend three weeks in Vietnam intensively learning about the country from experts and local leaders, visits to cultural and historical sites, and research projects guided by Seminar Leader Dr. Jack Harris.
Daniel West ’12 has been offered a position in Akita City, Japan. Daniel will begin teaching spoken English to Japanese students, businessmen, and housewives in July 2013.
Wendell “Hotfoot” Garnett ’05, who is pursuing the equivalent of Ph.D.-level studies in traditional Tibetan Buddhist philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India, recently was awarded a three-year Advanced Buddhist Studies Scholarship by the Tsadra Foundation.
Tristan Lee Riven ’06, an independent video game designer and entrepreneur with Team Sprocket, based in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, will deliver a one-hour address on the gaming industry’s impact on Malaysian economic and social development at TEXPO Asia in November 2012. TEXPO Asia is the largest annual gathering of entrepreneurs in the Southeast Asian region.
Ben Botiller ’03 and his wife Kaori welcomed a daughter, Ursula Layne Botiller, earlier this month. The Botillers live in Higashiōmi, Japan, where Ben is employed by the Takata Corporation.
Dylan A. Bracken ’11 has just accepted a position with MacroSun International, a company that promotes fair trade items produced by Asian artisans, in St. Louis, Missouri. Dylan plans to continue his studies at the graduate level in fall 2013.