Thursday, May 7, 2015

Still Time Left to Apply for FPC 2015 — Five More Days!

  • Want to explore the U.S. foreign policy-making process?
  • Visit prestigious D.C. institutions?
  • Network with fellow Chinese graduate students from top-tier universities?
  • Tour D.C.'s famous historical landmarks and monuments?
  • Attend a reception at the Chinese Embassy and meet with Embassy officials?
If so, don't miss out on this this year's annual U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium (FPC)!

The 2015 Colloquium will take place in Washington, D.C., May 27-29 at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. All Chinese graduate students and visiting scholars in the United States are eligible to attend. Travel stipends are available on a rolling basis.

Please note that we have extended the application deadline to Monday, May 11.

Want to learn more about the 2015 FPC?


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

From the Elliott School to Corporate Executive...Come Meet Frank Wong, ESIA BA '79

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Room 605

Frank Wong
Join us as Frank Wong shares his experiences as an Elliott School alumnus who has moved through the ranks of the corporate world into leadership roles at multinational corporations, including Scholastic, Inc., Pepsi, Nabisco, and Colgate-Palmolive.

Learn strategies for effectively moving from entry-level positions into management and leadership roles. Hear how to make your resume stand out from the crowd and how to make a positive impression. Frank will also share tips for navigating the global business marketplace and working with diverse cultures. He will offer insights into emerging trends in brand management and international education.


Frank Wong brings extensive credentials in building international businesses. Before joining Scholastic Asia as President 12 years ago, he was Managing Director of PepsiCo's food business in China and established best practices in sales execution and in-store merchandising. Prior to PepsiCo, Frank Wong spent 5 years with Nabisco, successfully building the company's international brand identity. Wong also held various marketing positions at Colgate-Palmolive in New York and was co-founder and President of a start-up venture to develop and market special electronic products for the visually impaired around the world.

Mr. Wong was born in Hong Kong and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese. He has a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University; a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University; and did advanced studies at Harvard's JFK School of Government.

Scholastic International's operations in Asia include companies in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Scholastic Asia has growing businesses in education, trade, home continuities and Scholastic Book Fairs and Book Clubs. Scholastic Asia sells English language reference materials and local language product through a network of approximately 2,500 independent sales representatives.

To register, email Registration is required, as space is limited.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Part-time Job Opportunity for GWU Student: Global Resources Center

The Global Resources Center at the Gelman Libaray is seeking an hourly employee with Korean language skills who enjoys performing research and working with people to join the staff at the George Washington University Libraries. This is an exciting opportunity to explore specialized content, engage with researchers and scholars at GWU and DC-based think tanks, and learn about 21st century collections and resources in the field of international and area studies. All GRC employees are trained to use the library’s online system and GWU’s wide array of research-focused databases.

Primary responsibilities include:
 Processing and maintaining GRC collections and resources
 Providing research assistance
 Participating in outreach and event planning

Wage for a graduate student starts at $12 per hour

Position Requirements
 Academic background in international affairs or a related field
 Facility with Korean
 Availability to work 10-20 hours a week, including some evenings and weekends

For more information, or to submit a resume, please contact:
Global Resources Center
Gelman Library
2130 H St., NW, Suite 708
Phone: (202) 994-7105, email:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fellowship Opportunity: The SAIS China and Africa Research Initiative at John Hopkins University

SAIS-CARI Fellowships

The China Africa Research Initiative at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies announces the launch of the SAIS-CARI Fellows program. SAIS-CARI Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis or by invitation to researchers, policy-makers, or journalists who wish to spend a concentrated period of time (1 to 2 months) writing or doing field research on an under-explored policy issue related to China’s African engagement. 

Applicants may either apply to (1) spend a month at SAIS, leveraging the resources of Washington, DC, SAIS-CARI and the SAIS faculty, working on a China-Africa related topic or writing up field research that has already been conducted; or (2) propose to spend one or two months conducting new research in China, or in Africa, on a China-Africa policy issue.

We particularly encourage teams of two people, one of whom is fluent in Chinese, to propose research topics that could be investigated in Africa, drawing on each researcher’s comparative advantage. All projects must be policy-relevant and based on case studies and fieldwork.

For 2015, we especially welcome proposals that will pair analysis of cases of Chinese investment, aid or finance in Africa with that from the United States. We are also interested in case studies of manufacturing or agriculture investments, telecommunications, infrastructure, foreign aid, technology transfer, vocational training, and mineral processing investments.

Grants can range from $3000 to $10,000 per person, covering economy flight, accommodations and meals, local transport, and other reasonable research costs.

• Proposals should be no more than three pages, single-spaced, including an overview of the research project and methodology, a budget, and the names and professional email addresses of two referees whom we can contact.

               •  In your package, please also include a separate c.v. and up to two writing samples.

• We encourage applicants to show that they have policy “buy-in” for their topic – that they have discussed their proposed research with people in government or in another part of the policy or professional world and gotten a commitment from them to play an informal advisory role in the research.

All grantees must produce a report of some 3000 words from their research project, which may be published as a SAIS-CARI policy brief. Most successful applicants will also be expected to produce a working paper for the CARI working paper series. Depending on the research topic, grantees may receive funding to present their research at the annual CARI conference.

Applications are due to by April 15, 2015 for a start date between June 1 and October 30, 2015. Decisions will be announced in April. The SAIS-CARI Fellows Program is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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EVENT Monday, 3/2: "Asia's Unsung Female Leaders" at the New America Foundation

New America
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:15 PM-1:45 PM


In the U.S., we talk a lot about female leaders – the lack of them, the trials they face, barriers to their advancement. As we prepare for International Women’s Day, a new e-book, “It’s Not OK,” published by Radio Free Asia, helps us reconsider our own leadership challenges by shining a spotlight on a particularly brave group: the rising population of young, female human rights activists in Asia who are speaking out in their communities even as entrenched social values demand that they remain voiceless. 

Many live in countries under strict authoritarian rule – with little tolerance of dissent, few legal rights and protections, and embryonic civil societies. They are factory workers whose pay has been withheld by trafficking gangs, mothers whose children have been kidnapped with the complicity of the police, and lawyers who refuse to accept political complacency. What are the factors contributing to the rise of these young women activists in Asia? And what can we in the West learn from their struggles and successes? 

Join New America and Radio Free Asia for a conversation with some of Asia’s most prominent female human rights activists to dive deeper into their stories.

Follow the discussion online using #ItsNotOk and following@NewAmerica.


Zin Mar Aung @zinmaraung1976
Co-founder of RAINFALL 
Winner of International Women of Courage Award in 2012 
Co-founder of Yangon School of Political Science 

Catherine Antoine @antoinec
Director and Managing Editor, Radio Free Asia Online
Executive Producer, "It's Not Ok" 

Binh T. Nguyen, MD 
Director, Human Rights For Vietnam PAC 
Former chair, Virginia Asian Advisory Board 
Director, Virginia Foundation for the Humanity and Public Policies 

Elizabeth Weingarten @elizabethw723
Associate Director, Global Gender Parity Initiative

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Summer 2015 PAID INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Keio Academy of New York

Keio Academy of New York is seeking undergraduate or graduate student interns for its "US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience 2015"!

The internship lasts from Thursday, July 16, 2015 – Sunday, August 2, 2015, and will take place on Keio Academy of New York's campus in Purchase, NY. Interns must live on campus, as housing and meals will be provided.

Interns will be paid $8.75 per hour and will be working 6 days a week, about 25-30 hours per week. Must hold a legal status to work in the US (F-1 visa students will not be accepted), and must possess a social security number.
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • A good team player in a multi-cultural setting
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced program environment
  • For Non-native speakers of Japanese- at least two years of college-level Japanese language or cultural studies strongly preferred
  • An undergraduate or a graduate student in an education, international studies, intercultural communication, or related program preferred
  • Willing to engage in recreational activities with participants when off-duty
  • Willing to learn the operational and administrative undertakings required of a residential educational institution
  • Experience in working with youth and/or experience in living/studying/working in another country in a cross-cultural environment preferred
  • Prior high school or college residential life experience a plus
  • Media arts or digital technology related experience helpful
  • Ensure program participants’ healthy, safety, hygiene, discipline, group dynamics, and social adjustment, working under the direct supervision of the Administrative Assistant Director
  • Assist program staff in guiding participants through a daily schedule of activities
  • Assist with administrative tasks as assigned
  • If bilingual, be an interpreter for the participants, their parents, faculty, staff members, and others as needed
Position Descriptions and Responsibilities:

Interns will be assigned a primary area of tasks from one of the following areas:
  • Administrative
    • Assist with administrative work
  • Social Networking Service
    • Set up SNS sites for the program
    • Provide daily updates and announcements on social networking sites such as Facebook
    • Gather photos and post on photo-sharing sites
  • Events and Activities
    • Assist and at times organize social events for the participants and others
  • Translation
    • Act as a translator during academic instruction, lectures, and presentations
  • Athletics
    • Assist and at time organize athletics events and activities
  • Videography
    • Produce a video record of the program

Send a cover letter written in English and a one-page resume (MUST include the phone number and email address of the applicant as well as the contact information of at least one academic reference) to the Keio Academy of New York summer program office at You must write "Internship Position" in the subject line of the email. All documents must be in PDF file format.
Any application without “Internship Position” written in the subject line, missing a cover letter or
academic reference information, or not in the proper format will not be considered.
Any application without "Internship Postion" written in the subject line, missing a cover letter or academic reference information, or not in the proper format will not be considered.

May 13, 2015 or until all openings are filled. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visit Keio Academy's website ( to learn more about the program. For questions, email the Keio Academy of New York Summer Program Office at

Friday, February 6, 2015

FLAS Academic Year and Summer Fellowships (deadline extended)

Deadline: 2 March 2015 (5:00 PM EST)
(Chinese, Japanese or Korean only)

Deadline: 2 March 2015 (5:00 PM EST)
(Chinese, Japanese or Korean only)

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides Academic Year and Summer Fellowships to assist current and incoming graduate (PhD and Master's candidates), professional students (JD and MD) and current undergraduates (Summer FLAS only) at George Washington University to further language study and area/international studies. 

Targeted LanguagesChinese, Japanese, Korean
(The competition for 2015-16 in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish is closed.)

Academic Year FLAS: Graduate students (Master's, PhD, MD or JD) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents AND who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a GWU program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. 

Awards will cover full tuition (excluding fees) and up to $15,000 in stipend.

Summer FLAS: Supports undergraduates and graduates (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) enrolled in: formal domestic programs of intensive language study at the intermediate or advanced level in one of the targeted languages or formal overseas programs of intensive language study at the intermediate or advanced level in one of the targeted languages. The Summer FLAS also supports graduate students enrolled in formal domestic programs of intensive language study at the beginning level in one of the targeted languages. 

Undergraduates or graduates who will graduate in August 2015 or December 2015 are eligible for a summer 2015 award. (Graduating seniors are not eligible.)

The award will cover up to $5,000 in tuition (excluding fees) and up to $2,500 total for room and board and textbooks. Overseas airfare is available up to $2,000. (Overseas airfare must be in compliance with the Fly America Act.) 

Please review the attached flyers for more information. Interested applicants should read over the Frequently Asked Questions page. Please also read over the FLAS Academic Year Fellowships and FLAS Summer Fellowships pages for information on eligibility requirements and the application process for each fellowship. Eligible applicants may apply for both fellowships and students from all programs are encouraged to apply (per the eligibility requirements).

Questions should be directed to