2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Co-Organizing an Academic Panel at the DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) 2019 annual conference in Kyoto, Japan

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Mattias van Ommen
Student Affiliate
PhD in Anthropology

With the support of EWCA, I was able to travel to Kyoto between August 5th and 12th of 2019. I attended two back-to-back conferences at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. I co-organized a panel on Japanese video games and how these have been received in Western locations for the first conference — by Digital Games Research Association, the largest global conference on video game studies. Marc Steinberg, leading scholar of Japanese popular culture and animation was one of the other presenters. I was able to meet him for the first time, and also met with many other scholars whose work I have read during my earlier stages of graduate school.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the International Conference on Foreign Language Education & Technology in Tokyo, Japan

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Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Leeseul Park
Student Affiliate
MA in Second Language Studies

Attending the international conference, Foreign Language Education and Technology VII in Japan, provided me a great opportunity to explore the relationship between foreign language learning and technology from different perspectives. I was able to receive a deeper understanding on the current trends and pedagogical issues not only from my own field, education, but also various other fields – psycholinguistics and artificial intelligence.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the 43rd Annual Pacific Circle Consortium in Guam

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Ger Thao
Graduate Degree Fellow
PhD in Education

Hafa Adai / Aloha / Hello:

On July 8th-12th, I attended the 43rd Annual Pacific Circle Consortium conference on the beautiful island of Guam. This is a milestone year for Guam as it commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Battle of Guam, which dramatically changed the lives of the indigenous people of Guam, the Chamorro. The theme of the conference, “Connecting Past & Present: Educating Across Generations”, embraced the importance for all of us to never forget our past. The conference brought together educators, school administrators, historians, students, and traditional scholars to share, discuss and collaborate on innovative practices in educating children of the Pacific. My four days at the conference, being surrounded by attendees, speakers, and panel members, has inspired me to continue to do my part to help strengthen and build the capacity of our Pacific educational systems and communities.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Peace Corp Volunteer Training Sites on the Island of Hawai‘i

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Stephanie Sang
Graduate Degree Fellow
MA in Anthropology

In pursuit of the MA in Anthropology, I traveled to my field site of Hawai‘i Island for a week to conduct preliminary research and to forge contacts with research participants. This trip was crucial in gaining access to archival material at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UH-Hilo) as well as meeting and building rapport with informants. The most important contact made was with Hilo resident Bill Sakovich, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Indonesia & Thailand) who trained in Waipi‘o Valley in the 1960s and organizer of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Hawai‘i. He provided me with DVDs on Peace Corps training in the 60s. He was also gracious enough to offer me a map of Peace Corps training sites and took me on a driving tour to document them in photographs. During our meeting, I was invited back by Bill to conduct interviews with him and other informants willing to participate in my study. He helped me to obtain a list of 17 contacts who would be rich resources for my study.

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Alumni Meet with Staff, Other Chapters in the Region, and EWC Programs

On a recent trip to Tokyo, Amanda Ellis met with members of the EWCA Tokyo Chapter and Ramy Inocencio who was on assignment in Tokyo from CBS News.

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L-R: Tokyo Chapter president Yasuo Hoshino, Amanda Ellis, Michiko Yamashita, and chapter vice president, Masyuki Yokota

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L-R: Yukiko Abe, Cindy Yoshiko Shirata, Amanda Ellis, Hitomi Yokote

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