Tiphani D

Academic Area:
East Asian Studies,College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown:
Kansas City, Missouri

Undergraduate Institution:
University of Central Missouri

Research Interests:
I am interested in minority, non-military populations living in Japan. I am focusing specifically on the experiences of African-Americans and South Koreans who have established residency in Japan.

The Best Thing About Being a Graduate Student at IUB:
The many opportunities to get involved. Not only with your department, but other areas of campus life as well! This is a large school with many different academic divisions. If there is something that you are interested in, there are undoubtedly others who are involved in that as well!

Insider tip about living in Bloomington:
There are a number of fantastic restaurants in Bloomington. One of the best things about this community, is the variety of cultural delicacies that stretch beyond the scope of burgers and fries. I highly encourage everyone to go outside of their culinary comfort zone and try the fantastic international cuisine here.

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Relationships Outside of Gradschool: “Okay Denise…”

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With Winter in full swing, it’s just about time to start bemoaning the lack of having a significant other. Because I’m on that list, I’d rather curb this discussion to talk about relationships in a different light, particularly with one’s family, during the process of seeking a degree.

I am very close to my family. We have a strong bond centered around a love of food each other, support, and trust. That being said, when it’s holiday time, or time to go visit home, it can get a bit tense, especially when trying to go home and instill upon your family all that enlightenment that has come from higher education.

My sister and I lovingly call out “Okay, Denise,” in reference to the lovable, yet severely out of tune Denise Huxtable from the Cosby Show,whenever we start going off on tangents about how society needs to change, and that our parents need to get with the program of all the new progressive things we have learned while away. It is difficult to remember sometimes that your family is not the same as your cohort, and they aren’t in your same social sphere. While it can feel like everyone around you is learning the same things you are, it is important to remember that graduate school exists in a bubble.

I had become…a Denise with a Master’s degree…

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