The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s Center for Chinese Studies recently announced the Fall 2002 recipients of awards from the Chung-fong and Grace Ning Chinese Studies Fund. The fund benefits graduate students and faculty members with China-focused academic projects by providing support for conference or research travel; purchase of books, materials, or supplies; and hiring student assistance.
Roger Ames, a professor of philosophy, and Brian Bruya, a graduate student in philosophy, will use their awards to travel to the American Philosophical Association‘s annual conference in Philadelphia. In a panel discussion, Ames will present his book, "Focusing the Familiar: A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the Zhongyong," and Bruya will present his paper, "Spontaneity and Natural Action."
Song Jiang, an instructor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, will travel to the Chinese Language Teachers Association‘s annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to present his paper, "A Comparative Study of Vocabulary in Beginning Chinese Textbooks." Katsuhiro Ota, also an instructor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, will use the funds to purchase a specialized font to print romanized Hokkien materials for instructional use.
Frederick Lau, a professor of music, will travel to Japan to present his paper, "Serenading the Ancestors: Honolulu Qingming Festival as Multicultural Extravaganza," at the International Congress of the Musicological Society of Japan.
Xiaodan Wang, a graduate student in political science, will attend the International Studies Association-West‘s annual conference to present "E-democracy: the Internet Challenge in China."
The fund is named for the parents of UH Mānoa Center for Chinese Studies Associate Director Cynthia Ning. Chung-fong, 90, and Grace, who passed away this past July at the age of 86, were Hawaiʻi residents. They were originally from China, but lived in Pakistan for 17 years before arriving in the United States in 1967. Since all four of their children received scholarships for their educations in the United States, they set aside a portion of their nest egg to fund a modest endowment at UH to benefit the Chinese Studies Program.