Graduation and Awards Convocation 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009
Kane Hall

Asian Languages and Literature
Graduate and Awards Convocation


Chairman Michael Shapiro offered Welcoming Remarks to the Class of 2009.

Michael Shapiro, Asian L&L chairman


Dr. Daniel Bensky, Asian L&L alum, delivering the Convocation Remarks.

Daniel Bensky, Asian L&L alum


The Asian Languages and Literature undergraduate class of 2009 comprises 40 students who were awarded Bachelor's degrees in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Asian L&L graduates also majored in International Studies, Economics, History and the Natural Sciences.

Undergraduate degree recipients

B.A. recipients with professors Chris Hamm and Zev Handel


The graduate class of 2009 was the largest in the Department's 100 years. We granted eight Master of Arts degrees; admitted two graduate students into doctoral candidacy, and awarded eight Ph.D.

Graduate class

Graduate degree recipients included (from left to right): Yukiko Shigeto (PhD), Mei-Huang Lee (PhD), Andy Chin (PhD), Stefan Baums (PhD),Fusae Ekida (PhD), Ying Tang (MA), Stephen Poland (MA), Hsiang-Lin Shih (MA), Adam Solove (MA), Kaori Igarashi (MA), David Stone (MA), Sachi Schmidt-Hori (Ph.C.), Chia Ying shih (Ph.C.), and Haeree Park (PhD).


Ted Mack, Glory Choe and Jessica Leithem

Chang Yang (Glory) Choe and Jessica Louise Leithem were awarded the Henry S. Tatsumi Award for excellence in the study of Japanese. Professor Ted Mack introduced the awardees.



Takanori KoyamaSun-Mi KimYing Tang

The Distinguished TA Award was presented by Liping Yu. this year, the award went to Takanori Koyama (Japanese), Sun-Mi Kim (Korean), and Ying Tang (Chinese).


David KnechtgesNick Williams

The Turrell V. Wylie Memorial Scholarship was awarded this year to two graduate students in Chinese. Nick Williams was presented the award by Professor David Knechtges; and Dr. Andy Chin was introduced by Professor Anne Yue-Hashimoto.

Anne Yue-HashimotoAndy Chin


 Professor Chris Hamm introduced Ms. Frances Chi-Chuan Li (B.A., 2009) as the winner of the Scott Swaner Memorial book Award.

Chris HammFrances Chi-Chuan Li

Chak-Lam Yip (Department of Linguistics) was honored with the Li Fang-Kuei Award; presented by Professor Zev Handel.

Zev Handel, Chak-Lam Yip


After the Graduation and Awards Ceremony officially concluded; graduates, faculty and guests enjoyed refreshments. To view photos from the event in an album, visit our Flickr page.