Boren Scholarship Awarded to Sophomore Grace Buchele

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Grace Buchele’s high school experience was a little bit different than that of most American teenagers. Her parents taught in Ghana, West Africa, and she attended a boarding school in Japan. Now exciting news that she has been awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship means she will return to study in Japan. Read More»


Faculty Good News

An East Asian Studies expert leads a graduate colloquium in Beijing; a Biology Professor is interviewed for a health web site on BPA; and a Media and Communications Studies faculty member is directing a feature-length film. Read More»


East Asian Studies Grad Wins Academic Competition

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Nathanael Hood, who graduated in May with a major in East Asian Studies, has won first prize in the joint Phi Alpha Theta/World History Association undergraduate paper competition. His winning paper will be considered for publication by either of the sponsoring organizations. Read More»


East Asian Studies Alum Returns from Fulbright

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Joshua Solomon 2008 majored in East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese and Music. He is studying at the University of Chicago, where he is finishing the second year of a Ph.D. program. After graduating from Ursinus, Solomon left on a yearlong Fulbright Fellowship to Tsugaru, Japan. His research topic was Tsugaru-jamisen, a kind of three-stringed banjo, and the community of people who play it. Read More»


Traditional Japanese Folk Music

Joshua Solomon 2008 is a graduate student at The University of Chicago’s East Asian Literatures and Civilizations Program. After graduation from Ursinus, Solomon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study the history of a Japanese instrument called a Tsugaru-jamisen. He describes it as, “a kind of three-stringed Japanese banjo. Read More»