Friday, March 21, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival 2014

The Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C invites you to the nation’s largest celebration of Japanese culture, the annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.  This year the Sakura Matsuri will feature over 20 hours of live musical and dance performances, over 200 martial artists, 25 restaurants and food vendors, and much more opportunities to bring Japan home from the Festival.

The Sakura Matsuri is designed to educate and entertain attendees about the culture and history of Japan. The festival needs over 600 volunteers to help staff this amazing festival.  There are a wide variety of committees, shifts, and tasks for you to choose from to volunteer.

Online applications are accepted until March, 29th 2014.

Visit the festival’s website for information

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: Trans-Pacific Student Contest

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its second Trans-Pacific Student Contest, a pioneering exercise in U.S.-Asia collaboration. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council's 2014 Centennial. Winners will receive a trip to New York City.

The contest will be conducted via Carnegie Council's online Global Ethics Network, a social media platform for people across the world who are committed to exploring the role of ethics in international affairs through joint projects, ongoing dialogues, and the creation of collaborative multimedia resources.
Essay or video topic: What are shared or different values between your and your contest partner’s home country? Please illustrate these values using current or historical developments from each country.

Contest requirements

Each entry must be a collaboration between a student who is a citizen of the United States and a student who is a citizen of one of the following: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. If you need help finding a student partner for the contest, post an inquiry on the Trans-Pacific Contest Matchmaker page, or answer one of the existing requests.

The contest is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students only, and entries must be in English. The entry can be either an essay or a video. Essays should be written in op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) with a length of 2,000-3,000 words. Videos should not exceed 10 minutes.
Contest winners will receive a free trip to New York City in October 2014, to participate in Carnegie Council's 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fourth Global Ethics Network Annual Meeting.

How to enter

1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:
2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #Connected2014; or
3. Upload your video here in one of the supported formats and tag it with #Connected2014
4. Please include the full name, school affiliation, and nationality of both collaborators—at the end of the blog post or in the video description—in the following format:

[Author 1 Full Name]
[School Affiliation]
Nationality: [Country Name]
[Author 2 Full Name]
[School Affiliation]
Nationality: [Country Name]

Deadline is April 30, 2014.

Any questions should be directed to Evan O'Neil at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Asian Development Bank, Student Associate Program

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) North American Representative Office (NARO) in Washington, D.C. is seeking applicants who are nationals of the United States or Canada to participate in a student associate program at ADB’s office in Washington, D.C. ADB seeks to engage a student interested in international development, on a voluntary parttime or full-time basis. The associate will gain close insight into the work of a major international development organization, work collaboratively with experienced professionals, gain a deeper understanding of development finance; and contribute to ADB's work through research and support of public relations activities.

ADB welcomes motivated, open-minded and self-directed students to apply. The student associate program is a research-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to research thematic and development issues and to network with representatives from other international organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

• Must be enrolled in a Master's- or PhD-level program at a school in the United States or Canada, both prior to and after the internship assignment;
• Must be engaged in academic study in a field directly related to ADB's work;
• Must be a United States or Canadian national. ADB is unfortunately unable to sponsor this work;
• Must be familiar with using social media tools;
• Must possess an excellent command of English, both orally and written; and
• Should have relevant professional experience.
Preference will be given to students in graduate school MBA, MS Finance, MS Economics, or majoring in international relations, development studies, development economics, political science, or other related fields. Students should demonstrate research and writing skills, and knowledge of Microsoft office applications.
Scope of Work
The associate will work closely and collaboratively with ADB NARO staff including the Representative and Deputy Representative. Duties include (and are not limited to):
• Gather information on new international development discussions, events and reports in North America to inform ADB staff based at headquarters and at resident missions.
• Attend events and briefings at think tank organizations, universities, congressional hearings and government agencies and produce written event summaries.
• Assist with media outreach including editing press releases and updating the media database.
• Assist is disseminating information through NARO’s various social media channels
• Works closely with NARO staff in planning and implementing special projects or programs.
• Assists with other tasks and projects, as needed.
Duration of Program and Transportation Reimbursement
The associate program will commence on or around June 1 for the Summer semester, September 1 for the Fall semester, and January 1 for the Spring semester. Start and end dates are flexible. Work hours can be part-time up to a full-time schedule and may be flexible to accommodate class schedules and work requirements. Associates will be reimbursed for work-related transportation costs to attend briefings and events in Washington, D.C. However, the program will not pay for relocation or living expenses.
The program will be located at ADB’s North American Representative Office in downtown Washington, D.C. The office is accessible by Metro’s subway and buses lines.
To Apply
Please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Michael Reyes at Indicate in your cover letter the university and program you are enrolled in including expected graduation date, and what days and times you would be available to work.
Please submit documentation before the deadlines below:
2014 Spring Semester = Deadline: January 31, 2014
2014 Summer Semester = Deadline: March 31, 2014
2014 Fall Semester = Deadline: June 30, 2014
2015 Spring Semester = Deadline: October 31, 2014
No calls please. Because of the large volume of applications, only those being considered will be contacted for an interview.Please note that ADB does not accept applications from close relatives of ADB personnel.







The United States-Indonesia Society, 2014 Summer Language Program

The deadline for USINDO's Summer Language Study (Summer Studies) Program application submission is approaching: March 31, 2014.
USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program from June to August held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students and recent graduates selected in a competitive application process. Due to the Eid holidays, this year Summer Studies program will begin on June 2 and end on July 25, 2014.
2014 Summer Study Language Program Applications are available here. In addition to the Application Cover Page, students are required to submit a 1-page personal statement, resume, transcript(s), and one letter of recommendation. For complete information on the program, download the information sheet here or visit the USINDO website.


Applications must be received by USINDO no later than March 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the decisions at the end of April 2014, subject to availability of funds.

Application Submission
All application documentations must be submitted via email to Recommenders must submit the letter of recommendation directly to the above email address. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their applications are submitted on time. Only complete applications will be considered.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and undergraduate college seniors, enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate degree program, or recent graduates of any tertiary educational institution (within 6 months).

Criteria for Selection
Applicants will be judged by the clarity of communication in their personal statements and by their demonstrated interest in Indonesia. A good academic record will be required as well as a demonstrated interest and success in learning languages. Previous foreign travel is desirable but not necessary. Stated career plans will be judged in part on the likelihood that such a career will involve communicating knowledge of Indonesia to a broader audience.

Applicants will be required to participate in all Summer Studies activities, including attendance at classes and taking a final examination. Participants will be required to sign a statement verifying this intention, as well as a release form, upon admission to the program. Participants should be available to depart from the United States with the group.
The cost of the program participation is $2,000. Program cost covers tuition, housing and board, airfare, student visas, and health insurance. All other incidentals will be the responsibility of the students.

USINDO purchases roundtrip air tickets to Yogyakarta for students from any city in the US. Travel arrangements are made by USINDO.

USINDO will process the student visas at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC.
Students MUST possess a passport that is valid at least until December 2014, AND must have at least four blank visa pages in their passport.

Health Insurance
USINDO purchases health insurance from HTH Worldwide and will pay for the premium for each student for 3 months coverage (June, July, August). Students will be responsible for any deductible payments.

Contact Information
Additional questions can be directed to or call 202.232.1400.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Selina in Seoul: Idoling and Winter Break

Hi Asia on E Street readers!

Its been awhile. I believe its Spring Break at GW right now, no? I hope you all are enjoying your break! As for me, I just finished a two month long winter vacation. Yes, I just began classes last week! So in honor of spring break at GW and the end of my winter break here in Seoul, I wanted to share with you all the things I've been up to!

I did go home for the holidays and returned to Seoul late January. Good Times~ I actually got to meet up with one of the Sigur Center Faculty, Winnie! But most of my break was somehow filled with tons K-pop. If there is anything to know about Korea, its K-pop. This break I found myself watching concerts, musicals, and ballets just about every week. 

Korea is pretty strict about photography during live events. At one concert I went to, the staff were hawks and immediately kicked out of the venue anyone they found taking photos or video. So I don't actually have any pictures inside the venues I went to, but I took as many outside the venue as possible!

The first of my k-pop idol adventures was a music showcase featuring the members of various idol groups, called S.M. the Ballad. I got to see some of my favorite vocalists~ I was very happy to go but a bit bitter about the ticketing process. Regardless, it was a great showcase!

One of my friends really likes one of the boy group members starring in this musical so I followed along. It's called Moon Embraces the Sun, a musical version of the popular korean drama. The singers were amazing, the actual production could have been better but the lighting was beautiful. Apart from the actual singing, the lighting was probably the best part. 

This was my first time watching ballet. We saw Universal Ballet company perform one piece from various ballets. It was beautiful, but I have to say rather painful to watch. 

If you've read my previous posts, then you would know that I really like this group called Infinite. I saw at the beginning of their world tour in Seoul in August then again in Singapore. I was slightly disappointed that the one time I leave the US, they perform in Washington DC. This two day concert was the best end to my long winter break.

Finally, I just wanted to share some pictures with Winnie at a hair salon. When we met up in Gangnam we spontaneously decided to get our hair permed. As you can see, it was a rather intense and funny process. I felt like Frankenstein getting hooked up to the machines, but at least my hair turned out beautifully~