Yaoyao Lou (BA 2015) received the KCC Company scholarship in 2015. Yaoyao was a media studies major at the Department of Communication and Journalism. She graduated in May 2015 with the Latin Honors summa cum laude.
At Suffolk, she worked on Korea-related projects such as proposing a new media company that produces reality shows for Korean pop icons in Business of Media and a presentation on Korean business etiquette in Presentation Skills.
She spent six weeks in Seoul taking language lessons at Yonsei University in the morning and interning at Chosun TV in the afternoon. Shown above is a video that she made for Suffolk to document her days in Seoul.
Yaoyao got placed in the second level class where the teacher instructs in Korean only. Most students in her class were Korean Americans who would like to know about their heritage. Their class made a video called “Where are our classmates?” (need to refresh the page if you see a blank screen) and won the Talents Prize.
In these two lectures on the significance of the creative genius of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and his development as a Bengali-Indian literary figure of universal stature in the contexts of the East and the West in the dawn of the twentieth century, Dr. Rupendra Guha Majumdar first, drew attention to the manifestation and acknowledgment of his poetry in the West in collaboration with the likes of W.B.Yeats, Sir William Rothenstein, Ezra Pound and Harriet Munroe . The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature soon after, in 1913, further enhanced Tagore’s image of a new world prophet and intellectual and drew large crowds to his humanist and, at times, controversial lectures. He spoke about the self-destructive consequences of myopic Nationalism that the juggernaut of Imperialism brought about at the cost of the peace and equanimity of the common man. Not only did he take a vital part in the independence movement against British colonialism in his own country, but he also protested against political exploitation in every corner of the world. Inspired by his philosophy and the qualities he projected, men and women—like C.F.Andrews, E.P. Thompson, Romain Rolland, Harriet Moody, Victoria Ocampo, W. B. Yeats, Ananda Coomaraswamy, and many more were drawn to him and cherished his friendship and vision. As a seer, poet, essayist, novelist, musician, educationist and late but expressive , septuagenarian painter, Tagore travelled all over the world and also invited the world to his humble courtyard in the creation of his university in Santiniketan, Bengal. Till the last he dreamt of a world in which the East and the West would combine their individual resources and wisdom to ensure a peace and a state of fulfilment that would surpass the conflicts of nations. But when he died in 1941 that dream was yet to blossom into reality.
Dr. Majumdar presenting a book to Suffolk.
Frederick H. Dow talked about his father’s legacy at Suffolk Law School and in the legal field, as well as his activism in the South End of Boston. Jessica Sedgwick talked about the archivists’ work in identifying history of diversity at Suffolk and how the Archive could be used. Allan Tow, an Asian American who grew up in the 1950s, talked about his teaching experiences and legal practices as well as his thoughts on typecasting in his acting and modelling work.
L to R: Ron Suleski (moderator); Allan Tow; Jessica Sedgwick; Frederick H. Dow; and Da Zheng (organizer).