EASC supports graduate students through a number of funding opportunities made possible by federal, foundation and donor support. In summer 2014 alone, we offered three different types of fellowships to 29 graduate students from a wide variety of departments and schools at USC. We are committed to supporting a breadth of research and disciplines in order to build a stronger East Asian studies community across the university.
Mike Chin (M.S. student, Global Medicine)
Project: Examine Taiwan’s Medical Healthcare infrastructure (single payer health system) and its application in the U.S. Research and interview with several key healthcare agencies including the Bureau of National Health Insurance, Department of Health, Tzu Chi Buddhist University, and Taiwan Medical University.
Huilin Fang (Ph.D. student, Linguistics)
Project: Use modern linguistics theories as a tool to document and examine several linguistic phenomena in Saisiyat, an endangered aboriginal language in Taiwan that is in dire need of preservation and documentation.
Mylinh Ngo (DPPD student, Policy, Planning, and Development)
Project: Collect data on urban adaptation to climate change in Southeast Asia and East Asia. Research and meet with officials from National Taipei University, National Development Council of Taiwan, Planning and Engineering Bureau of City of Taipei, and Environment Protection Bureau of Tao Yuan Metropolis.
Yukari Easton (M.A. student, Public Diplomacy)
Project: Participate in the Center for Public Diplomacy Summer Institute and conduct research on post-natural disaster public diplomacy, specifically Operation Tomodachi and the Tomodachi Initiative, a public–private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Nicolette Lee (Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Project: Participate in a two-week intensive workshop on early modern Edo-period (1603-1868) written Japanese at Cambridge University in order to learn the stylistic conventions of Edo-period writing and the specific tools and strategies for reading such materials.
Yu Tokunaga (Ph.D. student, History)
Project: Conduct archival research in Japan on labor conflict between Japanese farmers and Mexican farmworkers in 1930s Los Angeles; present a paper at the annual conference of the Japanese Association for American Studies about the impact of Japanese internment on ethnic Mexicans in Los Angeles.
Cassandra Dierolf (M.A. student, East Asian Area Studies)
Project: Study advanced Japanese through the intensive program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Her goal is to utilize her improved language skills in a Ph.D. program studying pre-modern Japanese history.
Young Sun Park (Ph.D. student, History)
Project: Study advanced Japanese through the intensive program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. The continued improvement in her Japanese will further help her research on Korean history and historical Japanese-Korean interactions.
Meredith Shaw (Ph.D. student, Political Science and International Relations)
Project: Study beginning Chinese at UCLA. Her goals are to use her Chinese language skills, in addition to her Japanese and Korean skills, towards researching the political economy of East Asia as well as North Korea issues.
Caitlyn Stone (M.A. student, East Asian Area Studies)
Project: Study advanced Chinese through the intensive program at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies. She plans to apply her Chinese language skills to working in the field of U.S.-China relations.