Announcing the Winners of the 2016-2017 Asian Studies Awards

Congratulations to Kenneth Lee, Theo Goetemann, Jennifer Zhao, Mary Breen, and Peter Johnston

Each year, the SFS Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University offers a number of merit-based awards to students. We are pleased to announce the winners of the following awards for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Joseph S. Sebes, S.J. Medal in Asian Studies: Kenneth lee (SFS'17)

KennethThe Joseph S. Sebes, S.J. Medal in Asian Studies is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee to the recipient of the Asian Studies Undergraduate Certificate who combines excellence in the study of Asia with the dedication to the advancement of understanding Asian affairs that characterized the career of late Joseph S. Sebes S.J. (1915-1990), Professor of History and Dean of the School of Foreign Service. This year's Sebes Medal goes to Kenneth Lee, a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics. Kenneth is fluent in Japanese, and has spent time at Waseda University in Tokyo. At SFS, Kenneth's research focused on Japanese society and culture as well as Chinese politics. He has interned at the Tokyo Broadcasting System International and the U.S.-Japan Research Insitute in Washington, D.C. In spring 2016, Kenneth worked in the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Kenneth has also been active on campus, serving as Assistant Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs and contributing to The Caravel, a student-run publication that focuses on reporting and analyzing international news.

Donald S. Macdonald Prize in Korean Studies: kenneth lee (SFS'17)

The Donald S. Macdonald Prize in Korean Studies is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee to a Georgetown undergraduate who has written the best paper on Korea. This year's Macdonald Prize goes to Kenneth Lee, a senior in the School of Foreign Service. Kenneth's paper, titled "Alienating Ethnic Kin: Assessing Immigration Integration Policies for the Brazilian Nikkeijin in Japan and Joseonjok Marriage Migrants in South Korea," examines the parallel social histories of both the Brazilian nikkeijin and the joseonjok, and assesses the national government level initiatives to support their social integration.

John W. Witek, S.J. Prize in Japanese Studies: kenneth lee (SFS'17)

The Witek Prize, established in 2016 in memory of Father John Witek and his dedication to the field of Japanese studies, is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee to a Georgetown undergraduate who has written the best paper on Japan. This year's Witek Prize goes to Kenneth Lee, a senior in the School of Foreign Service, for his paper "Alienating Ethnic Kin: Assessing Immigration Integration Policies for the Brazilian Nikkeijin in Japan and Joseonjok Marriage Migrants in South Korea." 

Henry Chen Memorial Scholarship: JENNIFER ZHAO (COL'19)

JenniferThe Henry Chen Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee to a Georgetown student who exemplifies the qualities and ideals to which Professor Henry Chen's life was devoted. The scholarship supports overseas study of Chinese language and culture. This year's Chen Memorial Scholarship goes to Jennifer Zhao, a sophomore in Georgetown College majoring in Justice & Peace Studies and minoring in Chinese. She is passionate about studying the Chinese language given China's growing influence in global economics, politics, and culture. At Georgetown, she has completed three semesters of intensive Mandarin. This summer, Jennifer will study abroad in China through the Hamilton College Associated Colleges of China (ACC) program, which also offers extracurricular mini-courses that allow students to explore different aspects of Chinese culture.  

The Oh Award: theo goetemann (COL'17)

TheoThe Oh Award is awarded annually by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee to a Georgetown undergraduate student (in any college or school) to support overseas study of Korean language and culture or other activities related to Korean Studies, such as internship and research. This award is made possible by Bonnie B.C. Oh, Distinguished Professor of Korean Studies at Georgetown University. The 2017 Oh Award goes to Theo Goetemann, a senior in Georgetown College majoring in Government and minoring in Economics. This summer, Theo will be in Gwangju, Korea through the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Theo will pursue an artist residency program in Gwangju and the nearby cities to bring his experience with music, coding, and data analysis/visualization together. 

Director's Award for Science, Technology & Asia: Mary Breen (SFS'19) and Peter Johnston (SFS'19)

MaryPeterThe Director's Award for Science, Technology & Asia recognizes an undergraduate in the School of Foreign Service who has demonstrated superior academic achievement and professional potential in the field of science and technology, particularly as it relates to the study of Asia. The Director's Award for Science, Technology & Asia is made possible by the generous support of the CKD Kochon Foundation and seeks to underscore the growing importance of science and technology in understanding Asian security, diplomacy, and policy approaches. The inaugural Director's Award goes to Mary Breen and Peter Johnston, the members of the Class of 2019 in the School of Foreign Service. This fall, Mary will study abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, where she will take an intensive Korean language course, Korean history classes, and courses focused on science and technology in Asia. She is passionate about cybersecurity in Northeast Asia and previously worked on the Cyber Division of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs with a focus on North Korea. Peter will be doing an intensive Korean language study in Gwangju through the U.S. State Department's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. He hopes to combine his thematic interest in computer science and cybersecurity with his regional interest in Korea and Northeast Asia.