FLAS Fellows 2021-22
Sariah Burdett (She/Her, Korean)
Sariah Burdett is a fourth-year undergraduate triple majoring in History (honors), Korean, and Asian Languages & Cultures. As an aspiring historian, her main area of interest is Korea during the early to mid 20th century, focusing on the histories of Korean women and children.
Sariah’s AY 2021-22 FLAS fellowship from the East Asia Center has allowed her to further her education in the Korean language while dedicating herself to her history honors thesis focusing on colonial Korea. Utilizing the skills developed through the generosity of the FLAS fellowship, she plans to pursue a graduate education to further explore her passion for Korean history.
Meredith Franklin (She/Her, Japanese)
Daniel Hance (He/Him, Japanese)
Sophia Miller (She/Her, Korean)
Sophia Miller is a FLAS East Asia Center recipient studying third-year Korean. She is a third-year undergraduate student from California, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Korean.
Sophia first began self-studying the Korean language at the age of 12 after becoming immersed in Korean culture by learning Taekwondo. She fell in love with Korea, Korean culture, Korean music, and so much more and began to develop a passion for studying the Korean language. She continued to self-study for the next seven years, eventually deciding she wanted to minor in Korean.
Sophia’s future goals include teaching English to elementary school students in South Korea through the EPIK program for at least one year, traveling to South Korea frequently, and finding a career that allows her to use Korean language in her daily life.
Cameron Stevenson (He/Him, Chinese)
Abigail Williams (Japanese)
Abigail Williams is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Japan Studies at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. She is interested in studying the campaigns of Oda Nobunaga (the first great unifier of Japan), as well as US-Japan security relations. She has studied Japanese formally for about five years, and lived in Japan for two years prior to enrolling at the University of Washington. She worked as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) for two high schools in Oita Prefecture while in Japan.
Abigail believes the FLAS will help to support her both financially and academically through her language and area studies requirements. She hopes to use her Japanese skills and Master’s degree to find a job with the US government or with a Japan-related company following graduation. She is grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to the year ahead.