LINNEA BENSON Degree: Bachelor’s in Asian Studies, focus on Korea, Dean’s List IRYNA CHORNIY Degree: Master’s in…
Alumni Spotlight: Cesare Polenghi
Hometown: Milan, Italy
Degree & Year: BA, 2003
Area focus: Japan and China (and a bit of Southeast Asia)
I’m proud to say I did my BA in three years, with 4.0 GPA. I also got my MA in Asian History, and my thesis (Samurai of Ayutthaya: Yamanada Nagamasa, Japanese Warrior and merchant in early 17th century Siam) was published as a book in 2009.
Current employment: I have my own company. I make social media content for European Football Clubs in Asian languages.
What was the best part of the Asian Studies program for you?
The teachers were all amazing, and the library is one of the best in the world for Asian Studies. Overall it was great to study in an American university that has so many Asian influences in general. The environment made it very easy, I really had no problems in my six years at UH. And thanks for the many scholarships – those helped A LOT.
How did the Asian Studies Program help you to get where you are today?
The basic understanding of East and SE Asian cultures and their differences has been pivotal in my success as a sport journalist and entrepreneur. It would have been impossible without what I have learned at UH.
I know it sounds cheesy, but those at UH were the best years of my life. I enjoyed every day on campus, I’ll advise anybody who has a genuine interest in Asia to enroll in the program. I hope I’ll visit again one day – I really miss Hawaii!