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Chinese Language FLAS, Summer 2014

Congratulations to four UHM students who received FLAS support for intensive language study in China: Koa Webster, Ruby MacDougall, Duncan Aylor, and Melanie Nash.  Koa spent the summer at Hainan University studying Mandarin.  He writes: “Over the summer I noticed my listening skill became much better and my speaking became more fluid, I could figure out what people were saying if I didn’t know a word they were able to use Chinese to explain the meaning.  I believe I still have a lot more to learn, but the best part of the experience was feeling myself progress over the course of the program.”  Ruby studied Mandarin at Yunnan University in Kunming.  She says, “Before this summer, I was very intimidated by academic writing in Mandarin and this hindered my research progress. Now, I have much greater ability to understand academic sources written in Mandarin and I believe this will open up exciting new possibilities for my research and for future academic discoveries!”  Duncan studied Mandarin in Beijing.  According to Duncan, “The FLAS was extremely helpful.  The best part about it was that it allowed one to design their own program of study while in country, so one could tailor the studying to one’s specific needs.  I was able to focus on the skills I needed most, which was not only practical but also helped me to stay motivated. ”

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Japanese Language FLAS, Summer 2014

Four students were awarded FLAS Fellowships for intensive Japanese study: William Wainwright, Jonathan Pascual, Maura Stephens, and Matthew Izor.  William studied at the International Christian University (ICU) in Yokohama.  He writes, “I definitely think ICU helped improve my Japanese language ability. I feel much more confident that I could survive in a work environment that uses Japanese as the primary means of communication.”  Jonathan and Maura also spent the summer in Japan while Matthew took advantage of UH’s own language classes to further his study of the Japanese language.


William beneath a torii gate at the Otome Inari Shrine in Tokyo.

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Japanese Language FLAS Summer 2013

P1010364Congratulations to five UHM students who won FLAS support for summer language study in Japan: Jordan Trader, Erica Enomoto, Olivia Cassetta, James Utley, and Daniel Allen.  Students are attending advanced intensive programs at the Inter University Center in Yokohama, International Christian University in Mitaka, and Hokkaido International Foundation in Hakodate.  Asian Studies graduate student Daniel Allen is studying in Hokkaido, a good fit with his interest in winter sports areas.  Here, he surveys the Niseko ski area from the summit of Niseko Annapuri, looking across to Mt. Youtei,  the “Ezo Fuji.”  Daniels writes “One of my goals coming into the program was to improve to the point that I’d be able to conduct interviews in Japanese pertinent to my research….I was able to interview four people over the summer and discovered that I could generally convey what I wanted to ask…research with Japanese people is now a fairly feasible avenue for gathering information.”

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