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.
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.
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.
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.