February 8

What I am about to eat – from our Fullbright student

Carl Anderson and Audrea White, two Suffolk students, are studying in Xi’an, China on a Fulbright scholarship. Audrea is Monty Link’s (Philosophy) advisee, and both students took Chinese language classes with Chris Dakin. Carl has created his blog site, which was forwarded to me by Chris. You will enjoy reading his report and reflections: http://whatamiabouttoeat.wordpress.com/

More details about their experience of the trip can be found here.

October 17

Asian Studies Open House

Allan Tow is the honorable MC

Full House!

Jenny Chung (below) and Carl Anderson shared their Shanghai experience

Norelis Popovic and Dan McCarthy talked about their Korean experience

Chris and a picture of his younger self

Janet Scott showing students Chinese kids’ caps

Ron and some of his favorite things

Simone explained why Shakespeare is one of her favorite novelists.


September 19

Suffolk Students Intern in Seoul, Korea

Two Suffolk students spent the summer of 2012 in Seoul, Korea. In the mornings they studied Korean at the Korean Summer Language Institute at Yonsei University. In the afternoons they each had an internship at a Korean cable TV station. The students were funded by the Jongha Scholarship Foundation, which is operated by KCC Corporation.

The photo was taken at the ceremony when both students were presented with their scholarship checks.

(L to R) SH Lee (President of KCC Corporation); Suffolk students Daniel J. McCarthy (who was with SBS-CNBC); Norelis Popovic (Chosun TV); CY Lee (Chairman and Founder of KCC Corporation)


This was the second year of the Seoul internship program and KCC has indicated their desire to continue this program with Suffolk.

From Dan McCarthy:

My bags were packed, and the butterflies were in my stomach.  I’d traveled abroad before; however, this was the first time that I would be on my own in another country.  I was undoubtedly intimidated; my only prior experience with Korean culture involved a barbeque.  There were doubts, concerns and unanswered questions; as well as plenty of friends and family back home that were unafraid to share them with me.  But sometimes you just need to go for it, and be amazed by what happens next.

I arrived in Seoul, South Korea on June 19th, and from there it was pretty hard to look back.  I attended the Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University, while simultaneously interning at media-giant Seoul Broadcasting Systems (SBS), in the CNBC branch.  With classes five days a week from 9AM-1PM and work four days a week from 2PM-7PM, I immediately learned that time was a luxury and needed to be managed as such.

The language classes were unlike any I’d taken in my life.  Going from “A-B-C-D,” to “아, 어, 오, 우,” was overwhelming at first, and in many ways it still is.  Sitting in a classroom with a majority of Koreans made it easy to stand out when stuttering through counting to ten and naming fruits and vegetables.  There’s a great deal of shame that comes with being a “dunce” in Asian culture, and I understood exactly what that meant for the first time in my life.  It was quite a way of getting me inspired to hit the books!

Another reason I felt the need to learn the language quickly was due to my experience at SBS-CNBC.  Of the dozens of employees working in both the studio and office of the company, I could count on one hand the number of people who spoke English.  However, those who could speak English, and even those who couldn’t were extremely friendly, and succeeded in making my internship a memorable one.

The highlight of my time with SBS came on the last day, when I spoke on camera about the developing Apple vs. Samsung case, and helped define some American slang-words used in the trial that would otherwise be lost in translation to Koreans.  While explaining what a “knock-off”  was, I used a box of cereal that was clearly a rip-off of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.  It will probably go down as the strangest news broadcast I’ll ever do, but almost certainly my favorite as well!

During my time in Korea, I had the opportunity to live with over 200 students in the program.   They were close to the same age as myself, but from a VAST variety of backgrounds and cultures that differed from my own.

Malaysia, Quebec, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and even South Dakota were just some of the places and cultures that my classmates called their own.  Retelling some of my stories to friends back home often sounded like the beginning of a bad joke; “So an American, a Dane, and a French-Korean guy walk into a bar…”

However, we did far more than just goof off.  We studied together.  Learned together. Traveled South Korea together.  While I was one of fewer than 10 non-Korean students in the program, it was truly enlightening to realize how none of that matter to us from the very first day of the program.  Their passion for the Korean culture gave birth to a passion of my own.

The trip was as historical as it was hysterical.  No day I spent in Seoul was like the day before or after it.  Whether I was peering over the Demilitarized Zone, practicing Taekwondo on the beautiful campus of Yonsei, standing in front of the camera at SBS-CNBC, or losing my voice at Norebang with some of the best friends I’ll ever have, the only thing I couldn’t do over those 6 weeks was wipe a smile off my face.

I’ve been back in the United States for over two months now, but the experience continues to have an effect on me.  I’m looking to resume studying the Korean language, however outside of the classroom since Suffolk doesn’t currently teach Korean.  My goal is to return to South Korea in 2018 as a media member for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and I figure my best bet to make that happen is with a firm grasp of Hangeul.  Plus, I’d like to be able to say “this round’s on me,” to my friends in the program, using the language that brought us all together.

If you’re looking to travel; if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a culture far from your own; if you’re looking to build friendships that transcend race or nation; if you’re looking to fully take advantage of the opportunities Suffolk University has to offer, then get involved in this program.  You’ll be glad you did.


May 2

Katie Sampson: from Nashua to Boston to Seoul to Kansas

Last year our Suffolk student Katharine Sampson spent the summer of 2012 in Seoul, Korea. She was on a scholarship granted by the Chongha Scholarship Foundation set up by the KCC Corporation in Seoul. Katie studied Korean at Yonsei University and had an internship at SBS Broadcasting, one of the major broadcasters in Korea.

Katie had been recommended by her professor Dana Rosengard, and through the work of the Rosenberg Institute and also of Professor Henry Kim of Economics, the scholarship and her summer internship were put in place.

Katie will be graduating this month and has accepted a position with the NBC station at Topeka, Kansas. Our congratulations to Katie.

In addition, she recently won two RAMMY awards for her reporting, which is the Department of Communication and Journalism’s annual student media award program.  Her feature news reporting RAMMY-winning piece also won top honors in the New England Associated Press/Radio Television Digital News Association competition.  Katie was also part of the award winning “Suffolk U News” team taking Top Student Newscast honors in the same annual competition.

More details here.

This is the news story that Katie did on Japan Earthquake Relief:

December 6

First Asian Studies major graduated!

Elliot Sutton will be our first Suffolk student to graduate with a major in Asian Studies in December!

Elliot is a very international person. He is from Latin America and speaks several languages. In addition to his course work at Suffolk, he spent time studying Chinese in Beijing at Tsinghua University (often dubbed China’s MIT). Elliot’s spoken and written Chinese are very good.

Members of the Asian Studies Program met with Elliot recently for a final review of his experience with our program. He said our language courses at Suffolk prepared him very well for his study experience in China.

Chris Dakin (World Languages), Chris Westphal (Education), Elliot Sutton, Da Zheng (Chair of the Asian Studies Committee), Ronald Suleski (Rosenberg Institute), Simone Chun (Government).

October 7

Shanghai Study Abroad Summer 2012

Would you like to learn Chinese while living in China? This summer, from July 6-August 17, an intensive language and culture program will be run at the prestigious Shanghai Normal University 上海师范大学. One of the best places to learn Chinese in the P.R.C. In addition to language instruction, there will be excursions to places around Shanghai as well as a trip to the culturally rich city of Suzhou. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful opportunity, please come to one of the info sessions listed below:
Or feel free to email Dr. Chris Dakin directly:
Fenton 516
Oct. 18, Archer 365A (meet some students who went last summer)
Nov. 8, Fenton 116 (general session about the program)

Testimonials from students who visited Shanghai in 2011.
From Laila Nashat:

Students interested in anything from China’s culture to politics and business should most definitely consider a trip to China! Not only did my experience in Shanghai improve my study of Mandarin, but I gained a better insight into the daily lives of Chinese people, a lesson that is impossible to be studied from the pages of a textbook. While in China my interests multiplied as my knowledge of all things Chinese grew. Now that I am back at Suffolk, I feel like my trip has given me better direction for my future and a more diverse perspective on both my academic and personal life. For those of you who are on the fence about whether you should go or not, go for it!

From Jennie Chung:
I’ve been to various places in China all throughout my life, but this July was my very first time in Shanghai as well as my first time studying abroad. This summer, I enrolled in the six-week Intensive Chinese Language Program at Shanghai Normal University. During this time, not only was I able to improve my Chinese significantly, but I was also able to meet many foreign student from all over the world who were also participating in this program. We would have class every day in the mornings and then the rest of the day was left for us to explore the new environment, try authentic foods, and of course, study for our very next class. Every Wednesday, the school would organize an activity which would bring all the students together and learn a traditional practice such as Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Tai Chi, etc. I had such a blast during those six weeks! I couldn’t believe how these six weeks could end so abruptly. It all seemed like it was just a week ago when this adventure started? So, I made the decision to continue my studies here in Shanghai, to meet many more people, and to explore this amazing place to another level.

I recently started my studies at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. Because of how much fun I had over the summer, I knew that staying here in Shanghai would be the right choice. This semester started about 3 weeks ago and I have already met a large group of friends ranging from local Shanghainese student to foreign students all the way from Kazakhstan. I am looking forward to what the future has in store here in Shanghai.

I am glad I made the decision to study abroad, but more specifically, I am glad I chose Shanghai, China.

Jennie Chung in SuZhou