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A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

June 2014

Student Updates

Undergraduate Award Winners

Congratulations to the following undergraduate EALC majors and minors who have received EALC scholarships:

  • Nathaniel Sims (B.A., EALC); Casey Farrington (B.A., EALC); and Elizabeth McClary (B.A., EALC) were awarded Uehara Scholarships. This scholarship was created in honor of the late professor Toyoaki Uehara for undergraduates showing excellence in East Asian studies.
  • Bree Storey (B.A., EALC) received the Yasuda Scholarship, which was created in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Yasuda for undergraduates demonstrating excellence in Japanese studies.
  • Hafsah Khan (B.A., EALC) was awarded the Korean Visiting Scholars’ Award. This award was made possible by the IU Korean Visiting Scholars Association and was established to help promote excellence in the study of Korean language and culture.
  • Lindsey Wilson (B.A., EALC) received the Gines Scholarship for her excellence in Chinese and the Kelley School of Business, an award given by James Gines and his wife, Noriko, to undergraduates combining excellence in an East Asian language with excellence in pre-professional school studies.
The following EALC undergraduate students received EASC prizes for excellence in East Asian studies:
  • Kelly McCarthy (B.A., EALC)—the Undergraduate Award for Chinese Studies
  • Alexandria Richardson (B.A., EALC)—the Alpine Prize for Japanese Studies
  • Taylor Webster (B.A., EALC; B.A., ECON)—the SOFOKS Award for Korean Studies

Kelly McCarthy also received the Fernandus & Elizabeth J. Payne Scholarship and the Abel Scholarship from the College. EASC commends Kelly for winning these highly competitive awards.


Summer 2014 and Academic-Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowships

EASC has awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to the following students:

Summer 2014 awardees

  • Josiah Fulton (B.A., Informatics) will study Chinese at IU’s Flagship Chinese Institute.
  • Jon Forbes (B.A., International Studies) will study Chinese at IU’s Flagship Chinese Institute.

2014-15 academic-year awardees

  • Jamie Bue (M.A., SPEA/CEUS) will study Japanese.
  • Lynn Dearden (M.A., EALC) will study Japanese.
  • Morgan Peele (Ph.D., Sociology) will continue to study Chinese at IU.
  • Brandon Taylor (M.P.A./M.S.E.S., SPEA) will continue his study of Chinese at IU.

The FLAS program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education to make funds available for foreign language and area or international studies. The program has three main goals: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area and international studies; (2) to support the development of foreign language proficiency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs. The benefits of the FLAS Fellowships include a tuition fee remission, a stipend for living expenses, and enrollment in the graduate student health insurance program (for academic-year recipients only).

Applications for summer 2015 FLAS fellowships will be due February 1, 2015. FLAS information for undergraduate students will be posted on the EASC undergraduate FLAS Web page; information for graduate students will be posted on the EASC graduate FLAS Web page. The availability of 2015-16 academic-year FLASes is contingent on continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education.


2014-15 SOFOKS Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies

EASC has awarded the 2014-15 Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS) Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies to Samson Lotven (M.A., Linguistics). Samson moved to Bloomington from Korea, where he lived for 4 years, in order to purse a Ph.D. in linguistics with a focus on Korean dialect study. 

The SOFOKS fellowship supports graduate training in Korean studies at IU and is funded by the Society of Friends of Korean Studies, a private fundraising organization based in Indianapolis. It is awarded annually to a Korean studies graduate student with an excellent academic record or to someone applying to pursue graduate studies in Korean language and culture at IU.

Applications for the 2015-16 SOFOKS fellowship will be due February 1, 2015. Application information will be posted on the EASC graduate student funding Web page.


External Awards:

  • Brian Cwiek (Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies/History) received a short-term research grant from the Center for Chinese Studies in Taiwan to pursue his project titled “Xinjiang’s Agricultural Development.”
  • Daniel Idziak (M.A., EALC) was awarded a scholarship by the National Taiwan University in Taipei for a 6-week Translating Chinese course this summer.
  • Grace Jaroscak (B.A., EALC/Economics) was selected to receive a 2014-15 Boren Scholarship for her capstone year as a Chinese Flagship student. She will attend Nanjing University in the fall and will begin an internship in China in the spring.
  • Margarethe McDonald (B.A., EALC/Linguistics) was awarded a fully-funded Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Margarethe will be studying beginner Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia this summer.
  • Anshu Mon Paschal (B.S., Kelley School of Business/Chinese Flagship) received the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office for summer study at National Taiwan University.
  • Anthony Ross (M.A., EALC) was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Dept. of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Anthony will be studying advanced Korean in Wonju, South Korea this summer.


Other Student News:

Aaron Albin (Ph.D., Linguistics/Second Language Studies) received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences for his dissertation titled “Analyzing interlanguage intonation: Transfer phenomena in the production of L1-Japanese learners of L2 English.”

Chris Blackburn (M.A., EALC) received an Outstanding Future Educator Award from the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE). Blackburn is currently completing the Transition to Teaching program at the IU School of Education. More about the award can be found here.

EASC awarded Tiphani Dixon (M.A., EALC) a travel grant to present “Foreignority: A Discussion on Blackness in Contemporary Japan” at the first annual Discussions on Asia: The Graduate Student Conference at the University of Minnesota on April 11-12.

Timothy Grose (Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies) accepted an offer from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and will begin this fall as Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies.

Jessica Harding (M.A., EALC) used EASC funding to present “Attuning to cohesion: English count-syntax, the Mandarin general classifier ge, and wholeness” with co-author Charles Lin at the 27th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference.

Funded by an EASC travel grant, Daniel Idziak (M.A., EALC) presented a paper titled “Attitudes of Chinese Students Towards Democracy” at Discussions on Asia: The Midwest Graduate Student Conference hosted at the University of Minnesota, April 11-12.

David Kendall (M.A., EALC) received EASC travel funds to present “Giraffes, Roller Coasters and Royal Re-enactments: Hits and Misses in the Reinventions of a Joseon Palace" at the University of Minnesota’s “Discussions on Asia: The Graduate Student Conference” on April 11-12.

Yi Lu Kuo (Ph.D., Literacy, Culture, and Language Education) was a awarded a travel grant from EASC to present “Reading Difficulties of Chinese Learners” at the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Ke Li (Ph.D., Criminal Justice/Sociology) presented “What He Did Was Lawful. Divorce Litigation and Gender Inequality in Rural China” at the 2014 Law and Society Association Annual Conference, funded by an EASC travel grant.

Pei-Shan Yu (Ph.D., Literacy, Culture, & Language Education) used an EASC travel grant to present “Heritage Language Maintenance by Chinese-American College Students: A Classroom Ethnographic Study” at the International Congress of Qualitative Study.

With travel funds from EASC, Shuang Zhao (Ph.D., Political Science/SPEA) presented “Globalization, Environmental Regulation and Adoption of Green Supply Chain” at the International Studies Association Annual Convention.

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Student Profile: Ke Li

Ph.D., Criminal Justice/Sociology 

Ke Li is no stranger to the law. A strong interest in the Chinese legal system led her to major in law as an undergraduate at Nanjing University, after which she joined the police force in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and worked as an officer for almost a year. A year later, Ke enrolled in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University, Bloomington. “The first few years in the program were very eye-opening…a lot of the courses were really interesting to me,” Ke said. In 2006, Ke joined the Department of Sociology as a Ph.D. student, marking a new start for her study of law and society in contemporary China.

In her latest project, Ke explores how divorce litigation gives rise to inequality between women and men in contemporary China. Based on a mixed-methods study of divorce litigation in rural Sichuan Province, Ke underscored three critical junctures in women’s interactions with the civil justice system. First, she demonstrated that court decisions in the judgment stage generated highly unequal outcomes for women and men. After that, Ke shifted to investigate an earlier moment in divorce litigation: the suit-filing stage. She found that the legal profession—a key agent of dispute transformation—frequently failed to convert women’s marital grievances and rights into formal claims. Finally, Ke traced disputes back to the initiation stage in which divorcing women approached legal professionals for help. Findings from this stage indicated that in everyday practice of divorce law legal professionals routinely dismissed and violated women’s custodial, property, and spousal rights. Consequently, women’s marital grievances and rights claims fell through the cracks long before they could make way into the courts. By illuminating gender disparities in litigation outcomes and dispute processing, Ke’s research highlights the multistage process whereby legal mobilization engendered inequality between women and men. It also exposes a great irony in contemporary China: as women turn to law in hopes of obtaining redress, the legal profession and the court system reinforce their subordination at home and in society at large.

The project has already garnered Ke some big recognition: in April 2014, she received the Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association (Sociology of Law Section) as well as an honorable mention for the Lindesmith Graduate Student Paper Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Law and Society Division). Indispensable to her recent academic successes has been the mentorship of Professors Ethan Michelson and Sara Friedman. “They have generously supported my research in every possible way over the years,” Ke noted. She also expressed her gratitude to EASC for the multiple travel awards that allowed her to present research findings at several national conferences.  In addition, she added her appreciation for the intellectual community EASC fosters through its colloquia and event series each year, which have enabled her to meet a large group of scholars working across many disciplines.


Ke wrapped up our interview noting that she intends to build a career as an academic, and again stressed the importance of community as she moves forward. “The subject matter I study is very much applied…so I would like to build connections with scholars, policymakers, and law practitioners. I will keep looking for venues where I can share my research findings with people who study law as well as those who practice law on the ground.” EASC wishes Ke continued success in her research and teaching. Keep up the good work!

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