When asianetwork.org recently launched its online feature “I Am ASIANetwork,” it included profiles of six graduates of liberal arts colleges. Three of the six are Colby grads. All three were students of Associate Professor Hong Zhang, and all are former ASIANetwork fellows.
ASIANetwork is a consortium to strengthen the role of Asian studies in liberal arts colleges and to help prepare undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play ever more prominent roles.
Among the students featured, Fiona Masland ’12 double majored in Asian studies and global studies and spent the summer of 2012 researching eldercare in China with Professor Zhang as part of a team including four other students (read about the “Silver Tsunami” in Colby magazine). She remained in Asia the following year as a Fulbright teaching fellow in Taiwan.
Keane Ng ’08 was an English major who added an East Asian studies major to explore his own heritage as a Chinese American, the ASIANetwork site reported. He traveled to China in 2007 with Professor Zhang and explored China’s economic reform and the resulting culture shift.
Bob Ferriter ’08, initially an economics major, took East Asian studies as a second major to learn more about the United States’ largest trading partner, China. As a 2007 ASIANetwork fellow he was part of a group learning about Chinese language and urban studies on a trip with Professor Zhang.
Other students featured in “I Am ASIANetwork” are from Butler University, College of William and Mary, and Carleton College.