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October 2010 CEAS Newsletter


Chancellor Martin Travels to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

    Chancellor Martin and Ministry of Education Vice Minister Hao Ping
    Chancellor Biddy Martin

    Chancellor Biddy Martin has traveled to greater China for a visit to strengthen UW ties in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The trip builds upon connections she made in Beijing in the spring, and also upon connections that CEAS and UW alumni have made in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In Beijing, Chancellor Martin addressed the annual meeting of international leaders at the Beijing Forum, where she spoke about private investment in public education in the US. She also met with Wisconsin businesses in China and Chinese Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping.

    In Hong Kong and Taiwan, Chancellor Martin will meet with UW alumni and visit sister institutions Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University and National Taiwan Normal University. Continuing with the theme of economic development, she will give a presentation to the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

    Chancellor Martin visits Hong Kong and Taiwan with CEAS Director Nicole Huang, and will meet with Vice President Vincent Siew in Taipei.

    Read more about Chancellor Martin’s trip at the here, where there are also links to her Facebook and Twitter feeds.

What CEAS Faculty are Reading: John Ohnesorge

    John Ohnesorge

    "I recently finished Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by L.A. Times journalist Barbara Demick. The book is very moving, using extensive interviews with refugees from the city of Chongjin to reconstruct life there during the disastrous famine of the 1990s. It is a great book, not only for the insights it provides into life in the DPRK, but also for situating the DPRK political system within a world of Leninist one-party states that is nearly a relic of history.

    I am now reading 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. This is also a very good book, chronicling the rise of the financial services industry in the U.S., how that rise translated into political influence, and how that political influence was used to bring about a regulatory regime more favorable to the financial industry. The basic story is pretty simple, actually, and Johnson and Kwak were not the first ones to observe that this has gone on over the past three or four decades. Johnson, in particular, is an influential former IMF chief economist, however, which makes the fact that he is telling this story interesting in its own right. The book is also filled with interesting detail to fill in the basic story, which makes it well worth reading."

CEAS Student Profile: Max Morgen

    Max Morgen

    Having recently returned from his study abroad in Japan, Max Morgen is now a senior double-majoring in East Asian Studies and Japanese. On top of his double major, Max is also considering an additional certificate in Integrative Liberal Studies (ILS) and plans on graduating at the end of the year in May 2011.

    Max first began studying Japanese in high school following his older brother’s example. At UW-Madison, Max has taken various Japan-related courses, continued to study Japanese every semester, and immersed himself in Japanese language and culture in Nihongo Hausu, the Japanese language floor of the International Learning Community, for two years. A few of his favorite classes include Topics in Japanese Literature: Japanese Cinema, with Brian Bergstrom, Islam in China, with David Dettmann, and of course, all of his Japanese language classes. Max feels that putting the most effort into his Japanese language courses really helped his learning experience and made the classes more enjoyable.

    Once Max began to read Japanese at a more advanced level, his love of the Japanese language expanded to Japanese literature and short stories. Haruki Murakami’s “Hotaru,” (“Firefly”) and Banana Yoshimoto’s book Kitchen are among Max’s favorite short stories. The last line of “Hotaru” gave a vivid description of “a firefly blurring through the sky,” which particularly caught Max’s imagination. “The fact that I could understand it was awesome.” So much so that Max finds himself reading more in Japanese than English these days.

    Last year Max studied abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, and he quickly fell in love with the school, the city, and his host family; “it was the perfect experience.” At Nanzan, the majority of Max’s classes comprised of upper-level Japanese language courses. Taking the highest intensive language course available at Nanzan, Max says of the class, “it rocked my world.” Although he struggled at first, after applying himself Max worked his way up in the class. By the end of the year Max was chosen as the class representative to give a thank you speech at the graduation ceremony. Max’s host family in Nagoya also played a large role in his experience. Throughout the year Max grew so close to his host family that he says it feels like he now has two families; one in the United States and one in Japan. According to Max, host families are “one of the most powerful experiences about study abroad.”

    Max is currently applying to JET (the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program). The JET program is comprised of two possible positions: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Coordinator for International Relations (CIR). Although applying as a CIR would give him more opportunities to improve his fluency, Max has also expressed an interest in teaching English as an ALT. By teaching English to Japanese students Max feels he may be able to give back for all the amazing Japanese classes he’s received. Max doesn’t yet know what he’d like to do in the long run after graduating, as long as it ultimately brings him back to his second home – Japan.

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