FLAS Fellows

 Academic Year 2018-2019


Chris Choi (Japanese). I am a third-year student in the joint Full-time MBA and MA Japan Studies programs at the University of Washington. My research interests include the impact of Japan’s demographic shifts on businesses, particularly healthcare companies, and Japanese national security and foreign policy. Thanks to the FLAS Fellowship, I have been able to take Japanese language classes, and will be well-positioned to conduct field research in Japan next year, as well as to work in Japan in the future.


 Miles Gilhuly (Japanese). I am a second-year J.D. student at the UW School of Law. I am interested in Japanese corporate governance and investment in foreign and U.S.-based companies and startups. As Japan’s political and economic influence in East Asia continues to be challenged, Japanese investment abroad may keep Japan relevant. But, Japanese companies have a long way to go in revising corporate governance practices to be more transparent, accountable, and considerate of stakeholders and communities. FLAS has given me the opportunity to take courses and conduct research on my interests, as well as take Japanese language classes. My research and language studies will serve me well as I practice law next summer in Tokyo.


Dylan Plung (Japanese). I am a second-year student in the Jackson School’s Japan Studies MAIS Program. My research focuses primarily on World War II in Japan and US-Japan relations during that time-frame. Specifically, I am interested in the historical, social, and policy ramifications of the US firebombing of Japan near the end of the war. Thanks to FLAS, I have enough financial stability and freedom to pursue professional work in the field of policy research at a local think tank, as well as develop a broader appreciation of my own studies. This will enable me to fully utilize my knowledge gained through the Jackson School in my future Japan-related work.


Elisa Sun (Korean). I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Communication, with an interest in Korean Studies. With the FLAS fellowship, I was able to have the opportunity to study Korean in the very heart of South Korea itself: Seoul. In the three months that I was there, I was able to grasp the language so much better and faster than I ever could have back home in Seattle. Someday, I hope to work for the people in a government agency, and I know that knowledge of another language will greatly benefit the work I do there.


Monica Twork (Japanese). I am a second-year student in the MAIS Japan Studies Program.  In my current research, I am investigating the role of public government information disclosure in Japan, from the 1999 Freedom of Information Act to the current trend of providing open governmental data sets. With the support of the FLAS fellowship, I look forward to combining my experiences working in Japan with my professional background as an academic librarian to become a more internationally-focused research librarian, and to be able to better assist researchers and other information seekers in locating and utilizing a wider range of English and Japanese language information resources.