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Japanese Language Contest Winners Sweep Advanced Essay Division

Bowdoin students continued their winning streak by receiving four top awards at the Eighth Annual Japanese Language Contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.

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Ethan Barkalow Receives 2018 Japanese Language Award

This year the Japanese Language Prize was awarded to Ethan Barkalow '18 for his excellent work in Japanese language, volunteer work teaching Japanese language at the local elementary school, and for completing an honors thesis under the guidance of Professor Sakura Christmas.

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Bethany Berhanu '20 Receives Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Bethany Berhanu ’20 (psychology and Asian studies double major) was recently selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.

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My Japanese: Studying Japanese at Bowdoin

Ethan Barkalow '18, Tossapol (Poy) Pholcharee '18, and Jorge Gómez '18 presented to their fellow Japanese language students about their experiences studying Japanese language at Bowdoin.

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Melissa Miura ’19 Chosen to Participate in Kakehashi Project

Melissa Miura ’19 was chosen to participate in the Kakehashi Project, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Study Away in Japan Students Share Experiences

Three students who spent a semester studying away in Japan and two students who traveled to Japan over the winter break shared their experiences with Japanese language students during Japanese language table.

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Ethan Barkalow '18 Profiled in Japanese Newspaper

Ethan Barkalow '18 was profiled in the Hakodate Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper in northeastern Japan.

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Mitsuki Nishimoto '17 Receives First Asian Studies Prize

Mitsuki Nishimoto '17, who received highest honors for her honors project titled "Meme Butterfly: Tracing Heterogeneity and Agency in Madame Butterfly and Her Diasporic Descendants" was awarded the first Asian Studies Prize.

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Hiroo Aridome Receives McKeen Center Faculty Award

Hiroo Aridome, Senior Lecturer in Japanese and Language Coordinator, received a McKeen Center Faculty Award for Public Engagement at the 2017 Awards Ceremony for Community Engagement and Commitment to the Common Good.

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Michael Amano '17 Receives Fulbright to do Research in Japan

Michael Amano '17 has been awarded a Fulbright award to Japan to study the epigenetics of trauma as it relates to survivors and descendants of the atomic bombings in Japan at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation.

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Language Tables: An Informal Way to Practice Linguistic Skills

If you walk into one of the smaller dining rooms in Thorne Hall at dinner time, there's a good chance you'll hear a language other than English being spoken. Several times a week, different departments typically sponsor a "language table" at which students get the chance to practice their linguistic skills in an informal setting.

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Godzilla: More Than Just a Giant, Angry Lizard

Godzilla represents a number of things, says Asian studies professor Chris Born, but is commonly associated with the ongoing concern in Japan, and elsewhere, over nuclear contamination. Born has organized an academic symposium to examine the continuing relevance of the 'Godzilla' franchise.

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Sakura Christmas Wins NEH Fellowship to Research on Role of Imperial Japan in 1930s China

Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Sakura Christmas has won a $50,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on a book project about the role Japanese administrators played in shaping modern day China.

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Bowdoin Japan Trip 'An Unforgettable Learning Experience'

A group of seven students and three faculty recently returned from a twelve-day field trip to Japan, where they had been researching environmental topics such as pollution and public health.

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Students, Faculty Head to Japan to Study After-Effects of Environmental Crises

A group of seven students and three faculty from the Department of Asian Studies have arrived in Japan for a Carnegie Mellon Humanities Initiative. During the twelve day trip they will research topics related to the theme of "Japan and the Environment."

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Fourth Year in a Row for Japanese Language Contest Winners

For the fourth year in a row Bowdoin Japanese language students (Michael Amano '17, Nan Ding '19, and Justin Ehringhaus '17) won top awards at the Japanese Language Contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.

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Goldsmith Adams Research Award: Sapporo in Meiji Era Japan

Ethan Barkalow '19, recipient of a Goldsmith Adams Research Award, will spend the summer in Japan conducting research on the development of the city of Sapporo in Meiji Japan and continuing his Japanese language studies.

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Hiroshima Exhibition Student Curators Profiled in New York Times

Japanese language students Michael Amano '17 and Ginny Crow '18 recently appeared in a New York Times article about students collaborating with college museums. The two students spent last summer doing research in the U.S. and Japan for an exhibition titled “Perspectives From Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children’s Drawings, and the Art of Resolution.”

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Bowdoin Senior Follows 63-year-old Art History Trail to Hiroshima

Bowdoin’s Michael Amano ’17 had a Curatorial Fellowship from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to spend last summer in Japan tracking down and interviewing some of the people who had participated in a 1952-1953 art exchange between Japanese and US schoolchildren.

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Bowdoin Students Profiled in Japanese Newspaper

The two Bowdoin students are currently in Japan carrying out research for an exhibition next year at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art featuring drawings made by Hiroshima schoolchildren in the 1950s.

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