2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Field Work at the 13th Japan-Korea Student Future Forum in Nagasaki, Japan

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Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Eunsun Lee
Graduate Degree Fellow
MA in Second Language Studies

My travel during this past summer was made possible through the generosity of the EWCA Summer Travel Grant. From August 5th to 10th, I conducted fieldwork for my research in Nagasaki, Japan, where the 13th Japan-Korea Students Future Forum took place. The Forum was hosted by two partner student organizations called KJSFF and JKSFF. As a former member of KJSFF, I had the opportunity to sit in during the entire event to observe and record the participants’ interactional practices. 43 college and high school students from Korea and Japan got together to have group discussions and presentations on this year’s topic of “Collaboration in various fields.” I closely observed the entire programs, focusing on how the participants interacted with each other through the mediation of participant-translators. I also audio-recorded the participants’ conversations during discussions and presentations and took photos of them. In this Fall, I will analyze the data that I have collected during this field trip and hopefully develop it into a scholarly paper for my MA degree.

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