UH Law Professor Publishes Chinese Legal Primer

Lawrence Foster, Professor of Law at UH Manoa, has recently, with the help of colleagues Tiffany Yajima and Yan Lin, completed work on China Law Reader published by Long River Press.  The work’s primary aim is to introduce a foreign audience to Chinese law.   According to the authors, “the ideal user is someone who has completed at least two years of Chinese language study and is now ready to read actual law-related Chinese language texts in order to learn the specialized language of Chinese law.”  Funding for this work, which can be purchased at Amazon and comes highly recommended by the China Law Blog, was provided in part by the NRCEA.

2013 STARTALK Summer Chinese Program

In July, the classrooms and labs of the UH Center for Language & Technology will ring with the voices of middle and high school students learning Mandarin Chinese during Hawai‘i Chinese STARTALK 2013, a grant-funded language immersion summer camp and teacher training institute offered by the University of Hawai‘i Confucius Institute and Center for Chinese Studies.  STARTALK, part of the National Security Language Initiative, aims to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences.  For more information, visit: http://confuciusinstitutehawaii.org/programs/summer-programs/

Library of Congress Florence Tan Moeson 2012 Fellowship Program Announced

The Asian Division of the Library of Congress announces the Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program for 2012. This Fellowship Program is made possible by a generous donation of Florence Tan Moeson, for 43 years a Chinese Team cataloger in the Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division at the Library of Congress before she retired in 2001. Mrs. Moeson passed away on November 15, 2008.

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to give individuals the opportunity to use the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) collections in the Library of Congress to pursue scholarly research projects. The Library’s Asian collections are among the most significant outside of Asia and consist of over 2.8 million monograph, serial, newspaper, manusc-ript and microform titles in the vernacular languages of East, South and Southeast Asia. A considerable number of electronic resources are accessible via the Asian Reading Room. The Library’s AAPI collection was officially launched in 2007. It contains primary resource materials including monographs, serials, government reports, newspapers, census data, photos, oral histories, sound recordings, film, and miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

For more details regarding this fellowship and information about past awardees, please visit: http://www.loc.gov/rr/asian/FTM.html. The deadline for the 2012 application season is September 30, 2011.

The Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship awards total $14,000 each year for 10 years in support of grant support for research projects employing the Asian Division’s Reading Room and the Library’s extensive Asian collections. The grants are awarded upon demonstration of need through a competitive process. Grants are intended to subsidize the researcher’s transportation fares to and from Washington, DC, overnight accommodations and photocopying fees. Graduate students, independent scholars, community college teachers, researchers without regular teaching appointments, and librarians with a demonstrated need for research fellowship support are eligible to apply.

The Library’s Asian collections began in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 933 volumes from an emperor of China to the United States. Spanning a diversity of subjects from China, Japan, Korea, the South Asian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Asian Pacific American community, the Library’s Asian and AAPI collections have become one of the most accessible and comprehensive sources in the world. To learn about the content of LC Asian and AAPI collections, visit the Library’s Asian Division’s website at: www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.

Contact: Dr. Anchi Hoh, Co-Chair, Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program Committee, adia@loc.gov, 202-707-5673.