Hilson Reidpath, MA student in East Asian Languages and Literature, received a FLAS fellowship to study Okinawan language during the 2015-2016 academic year.
The FLAS program was a great benefit to me this year and I am extremely glad I received the award. No where else in the country would I have been able to study Okinawan language and culture in the manner in which I did this year. The fact that the university has a number of scholars interested in different elements of Okinawan language and culture made the experience all the more fulfilling and exciting. I really appreciate also that I was able to study Okinawan as I feel it is important for endangered languages like Okinawan to not only receive serious study, but also exposure to students who may not be immediately familiar with them. Knowledge of these languages can help contextualize other areas of the world that they may be familiar with and promote new and innovative ways of interdisciplinary thinking and education.