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Freeman Foundation Grant for Asian Studies at Macalester College

Macalester College has received a generous grant of $1.8 million from the Freeman Foundation, to be used over a period of four years, in a broadly based effort to fill the China gap in its Asian Studies program. The grant has enabled the College to create a faculty position in East Asian art, with a special emphasis on Chinese art (Philip Hu, predoctoral fellow); to establish high-quality instruction in the Chinese language (Yaliang Jin, instructor for Beginning/Elementary Chinese); to hire a Chinese graduate assistant who can help students with their oral Chinese proficiency and organize activities for the Chinese Language House on campus (Lifei Xu, native speaker for the Chinese Language House). In addition, the grant has made possible the creation of postdoctoral fellowships in Chinese Studies for bringing new scholarship on China to campus (2003-2004 fellow, Zhengming Zhu, Freeman Foundation postdoctoral fellow in Asian Studies). It has also provided for the appointment of a librarian whose primary responsibility at Macalester College is to develop a cooperative East Asian collection with the libraries of Carleton College and St. Olaf College (Yunshan Ye, East Asian Project Librarian). The grant is also instrumental in the launching of a film and lecture series on campus, as well as providing opportunities for students to study abroad in China and for faculty development in China.



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