News 2011

Post-doctoral Fellowship

Lisa Onaga will receive a partial D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship along with some financial support from the University of California for the 2011-2012 academic year.  She received a B.S. degree from Brown University an M.A. and PhD from Cornell University.

Dr. Onaga was invited to be a 2011-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA Center for Society and Genetics. Her research project for the coming year will be Silkworm and the State: A History of Science and Sericulture in Modern Japan

Dr. Onaga will travel to Japan to complete archival research and produce a revised book manuscript. Her research focuses on the domesticated silkworm to probe the historical relationships among biological experimentation, local craft practices of silkworm cultivation, and conceptualizations of life and desires to control it, in the context of the formation of the life sciences and history of genetics during early 20th century Japan.

Lena Springer will receive a D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.  She received a B.A. degree, M.A. degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna, Department of East Asia Studies/Chinese Studies.

Dr. Springer has been invited to study the history of medicine at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster in England and will travel to China to conduct research for her project.

Her research project will build on her dissertation about the institutionalization of Chinese medicine in Modern China. She will explore the field of current history where we see Chinese medical formulas. She will analyze how practitioners of Chinese medicine deal with experts of pharmacy as part of their daily work.  Her aim is to understand how physicians who collaborate with pharmacist personally perceive this task: both sides claim the same pharmaceutical substances.

Dissertation Fellowship

Har Ye Kan will receive a D. Kim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.  She received a BA from the University of Cambridge in Geography and a   AM from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Regional Studies-East Asia. She is  currently a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The proposed title of her dissertation is: Pulse of a Nation: Railway Assemblages and Society in China, 1863 – 2010. The objective of her dissertation is to examine the relationship between railways and society in China from the late-Qing dynasty to the present phase of high-speed rail construction.

Ms. Kan will continue to work on her dissertation and expects to graduate by 2012 from the Harvard Graduate School of Design,

Theresa MacPhail will receive a D. Kim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. She received a BA from the University of New Hampshire in Journalism/English and a MA from New York University in John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Thought.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in Medical Anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley.
The title of her dissertation is:  Siren Song – A Pathography of Influenza and Global Public Health. Her dissertation analyzes the various scientific, political and cultural narratives about the official public health responses to the recent 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Ms. MacPhail expects to receive her doctoral degree in the spring of 2012.

Exchange Student Fellowship

Craig Nelson will receive a D. Kim Foundation Exchange Student Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. He received a BA from in History from Utica College of Syracuse University and a MA from The Ohio State University in History.  He also studied Japanese in the FALCON Program, at Cornell University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at The Ohio State University.

The title of his dissertation is:  Nuclear Society: Nuclear Power in Post-War Japan and Popular Response.  He will explore the intersection of public, private, business and environmental interests in the development of the Japanese nuclear power industry.

Mr. Nelson will travel to Japan to do research at the National Archives of Japan and to examine documents from the Science and Technology Agency and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.  In Japan he will be affiliated with the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo.

Kuang-chi Hung will receive a D. Kim Foundation Exchange Student Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.  He received his BS and MS and Ph.D. from National Taiwan University in the Department of Forestry.  He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the
Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

The title of his project is: The Place that “Offers the Greatest Interest”: Hokkaido and the Development of Evolutionary Biology from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Mid-twentieth Century.  Mr. Hung will examine Hokkaido’s place in evolutionary biology from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

He will travel to Japan to do research at Hokkaido University Archives and its affiliated institutions for a period of six months in order to better acquire necessary skills and knowledge to decipher the handwritten Japanese in Meiji and Taisho periods.

Traveling and Research Grant

Michele Thompson will receive a travel grant in 2011.  She received a BA and MA degree from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.  Dr. Thompson is fluent in many foreign languages including Vietnamese, Mandarin, French, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.

She will spend four weeks doing research, archival and oral history interviews in Singapore and Penang during December 2011 and January 2012. The research from this research trip will be used to write a monograph on the interface between Western and Asian systems of medicine in the South China Sea region.

Her research will focus on the contributions of Chinese immigrants to Singapore and Penang Island to the medical milieu of those to locales from 1900-1945 and on  competing and complementary Chinese medical treatments for smallpox as practiced by Chinese communities in Southeast Asian territories under British influence.

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