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.

Chinese Language FLAS, Summer 2013

-1Nine UHM students study Chinese language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore this summer.  With FLAS support, Brendan Galipeau, Lily Hui, and Teresa Porter are in China; Stevie Suan is in Taiwan.   Here, five in Singapore enjoy the company of Taiwanese exchange students at the Lau Pa Sat food center.  Far left, Ellen Meiser, far right, Dominic Pugliaresi. In the back with glasses, Susanne DeVore, flanked on left by Aixiu Cooney and behind right by Connie Nip.  Ellen Meiser, graduate student in China Studies, is improving her reading and writing.  “I definitely feel like my language abilities have greatly improved. Mandarin Chinese can be written in two different styles of characters: Traditional and Simplified. Prior to coming to Singapore, I could only read and write in Traditional. But, now I can read and write in both! I’m really pleased with the Chinese classes I’m taking here.

Korean Language FLAS Students Summer 2013

seymour_0078Four UHM students study Korean language at Seoul National University this summer: Robert York, Philip Boulay, Joseph Michaels, and John Chow Seymour. At the National Traditional Music Museum at the National Gugak Center in Seoul,  John Chow Seymour (center), Ph.D. candidate in music composition and theory,  plays his own music.  John creates “new music for non-Western instruments, such as Korean traditional instruments.  I’ve had pieces performed in Korea four times now, but before this summer, I struggled to communicate with the performers playing my music.  Near the end of this summer immersion program, I met one of those performers, who played my music two years ago.  She was so grateful that I could communicate in Korean now, and we look forward to working together on artistic projects in the future. Truly, the opportunity to be in an immersive language learning environment will be an important step in my career as an internationally-focused artist and academic.