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Japan Foundation Small Grant

John Tucker received a Japan Foundation Small Grant ($19,803.00) for creating a North Carolina Classical Japanese Network by way of distance education. The project seeks to pioneer online approaches to teaching classical Japanese that will be able to attract students at various campuses in North Carolina including those in the triangle, as well as other, more distant campuses. One problem in offering classical Japanese has been insufficient student interest on any one campus. With DE, this project seeks to transcend that obstacle to classical Japanese studies.

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The World Affairs Council of Eastern NC and the ECU International Studies Program announce a new series for 2010: Spotlight on Turkey. Funding is provided by the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

This three-part series includes a full-day Teachers Workshop on Turkey to be held on Saturday, March 27, from 8am to 4pm in Rivers West Auditorium on the East Carolina University campus.

WAC-ENC has an opportunity to nominate four area middle or high school humanities teachers or administrators to participate in a Study Tour of Turkey during the 2010 summer.

The third part of the series consists of three programs showcasing Turkey and Turkish culture to be held in fall 2010. These programs will draw on the teachers who participated in the study tour and will consist of a variety of cultural activities, including (but not limited to): film screenings, performances, food, discussion groups, for ECU students, faculty and staff, WAC-ENC members and the general public.

  • Part I, Teacher's Workshops, will take place on March 27.
  • Part II, Study Tour to Turkey, will take place between June and August, with 10-day tours for participating teachers (exact dates to be determined by the TCF).
  • Part III, Portrait of Turkey, will take place between September and December.

For more information, contact: Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning, International Studies, or 252-328-5520.

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East Carolina University's Asian Studies Program announces the 2008-09 North Carolina Teaching Asia Seminar, sponsored by the North Carolina Teaching Asia Network, with generous funding from the Freeman Foundation. Dr. John Tucker of the ECU Department of History is the seminar organizer.

The ECU Asia Seminar offers pre-service and in-service teachers opportunities to learn about India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia in a series of seminars featuring presentations by expert faculty at ECU. The seminar includes 30 contact hours of instruction, teaching materials, and a stipend for teachers completing the program.

Participants in the ECU Asia Seminar will be eligible to apply for participation in a short-term seminar in Kyoto, Japan, tentatively planned for June 10-July 8, 2009. The 2009 ECU Kyoto Seminar for Teachers will be made possible, ideally, by a U. S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant.

Building on knowledge gained through the ECU Asia Seminar and direct experiences of Asian culture as exemplified in Japan, participating teachers will create lesson plans for posting on the ECU Education About Japan website to share with other educators worldwide who are interested in infusing Asian and Japanese culture into the K-12 curriculum.

For more information regarding the 2008-09 ECU Asia Seminar, click here.

The Greenville Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dharamsala (India) has received a matching grant of almost $10,500 from the Rotary Foundation for a rural health project in northern India. The funds will be used to help purchase a mobile clinic to provide health services, care and immunization to internally displaced peoples in remote areas near Dharamsala. Under the terms of the matching grant, an equal amount of funding was provided by Rotary District 7720 in conjunction with our club and our partner club in India. The team from the Greenville Noon Rotary Club comprises Sylvie Henning (Director, International Programs, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, ECU), Harry Adams (Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases, Brody School of Medicine) and Ed Davis (Pitt Children’s Clinic). The Greenville Noon Rotary Club is also working with a community partner, the Tong-len Charitable Trust in Dharamsala, through its ECU liaison Dr. Derek Maher (Associate Professor, Religious Studies Program, ECU).

The project is progressing quite well. The diesel Jeep that will serve as the mobile health clinic has already been purchased. It is equipped with medical and wound care equipment as well as educational materials and some basic presentation technology. An important component of the project is polio immunization awareness. A project manager and a nurse have been hired and the initial assessment of the target communities’ health needs is underway. By October, basic medical services will be reaching these very needy people with the help of Rotary. ARTICLE

To learn more about the Rotary Matching Grant, click here.

Dr. Nobuaki Takahashi, Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has received a $400 award from the Northeast Asia Council and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission to support a Japanese Cultural Workshop.

During the fall 2007 semester, ECU will host Dr. Aslam Khaki. Dr. Khaki teaches Islamic Studies in Pakistan and is the author of a book entitled “Islam and Human Rights”. He has previously visited the US on a cultural exchange/inter-faith dialogue program and will be available to talk about a range of issues such as: fundamentals of Islam, violence and non-violence in religion, Jew-Christian-Muslim relationship (Islamic Perspective), concept of Jihad in Islam, experience & interfaith conflicts in Pakistan, process of Islamization in Pakistan and its effects at national & global levels. Other issues to cover may be tailored to specific classes and faculty interests.


Dr. John Tucker received a Short-term Research Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, making possible a month of translation and compilation of Japanese writings on Confucian philosophy at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, in Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Tucker contributed to the selection of approximately 50,000 words of textual material that will be included in the Nanzan Source Book in Japanese Philosophy, to be published jointly by the Nanzan Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture and the University of Hawai'i Press. Both prior to and following his work at Nanzan University, Dr. Tucker made stop overs in Honolulu to discuss the project with philosophy faculty as well as editors at the University of Hawai'i Press.

Joyner Library and the ECU Asian Studies Program received a gift of books valued at over $4000 from the Japan Foundation through its Institutional Support for Japanese Studies: Library Support Program.

Dr. John Tucker was notified that he had received funding for a U. S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays' Group Project Abroad in the amount of $78,000.00. In order to pursue his work at Nanzan, Tucker has deferred acceptance of the Group Projects Abroad grant until the summer of 2008. He will be taking 12 K-12 teachers, from the Pitt County, NC area, on a seminar tour of Japan, with a focus on history and culture. The teachers will be based in Kyoto, Japan, the ancient imperial capital. They will also travel to Kamakura, the home of the first hereditary shogunate; Tokyo, the modern capital; Nara, an ancient imperial capital; and Hiroshima. The tentative dates for the trip are June 10-July 10, 2008.


Professor Nobuyoshi Asaoka (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) has received a $1500 grant from the Japan Foundation New York to fund a beginning calligraphy workshop in March 2007.

The workshop aims to introduce participants to the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy. The workshop will begin with a brief lecture using PowerPoint on the history of Japanese calligraphy, focusing on what Japanese calligraphy is and how the tradition has been practiced in Japan. Participants will also develop an appreciation of this art by comparing good, bad, and excellent calligraphic examples. They will then learn basic techniques, practice balances, strokes, stops, and splashes. The calligrapher, Professor Asaoka, and several ECU Japanese students volunteers will demonstrate these techniques. They will then assist the participants individually in learning these techniques. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to write a word of their choice on rice paper. Their calligraphic work will be decorated in a traditional Japanese way. As part of the proposed workshop, participants would receive a calligraphy brush, an ink container, and a bottle of ink so that they can continue to practice the calligraphy techniques they have learned.

Dr. John Tucker (Department of History) received a $5,000 grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to fund a workshop for Greenville-Pitt County middle and high school social science teachers. The workshop is called, "Discovering Japanese History and Culture through Anime : A Multidisciplinary Examination of Miyazaki Hayao's Princess Mononoke." This workshop took place on Saturday, February 25, 2006, on the ECU campus.

Dr. Tucker received a $5,000.00 grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to fund a workshop for Greenville-Pitt County middle and high school social science teachers. The workshop, "Representations of the Feminine in Japanese Literary and Popular Culture," took place on Saturday, October 7, 2006, on the ECU campus.

Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning (International Studies Program) received a $15000 grant from the IFSA Foundation for 2006-2007 and $25000 for 2007-2008 for semester or academic year scholarships for study in Eastern Europe, Russia, Eurasia or Asia. Awards are typically $2500 for a semester and $5000 for an academic year.

Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning received a $500 grant from the Honor Society of Pki Kappa Phi for a series of cultural events during the 2006-2007 academic year.

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