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The audience was listening attentively to the presentations.

Student receiving Jongha Student Scholarship Foundation

Suffolk has a student studying in Seoul, Korea this summer.  He is Neilson Lam, a business major specializing in management, who is at Yonsei University, one of our partner schools.

Neilson was awarded a scholarship from the Jongha Student Scholarship Foundation, established by the KCC Company, which has been giving scholarships to Suffolk students for the past four years.

In June Neilson arrived in Seoul to begin the summer term and received the scholarship money during a meeting at KCC Company.  Our congratulations to Neilson and our continued thanks to KCC.

Story on the College’s homepage.

Neilson Lam

(From L to R) SH Lee, President of KCC Company; CY Lee, Chairman of KCC Company; Suffolk student Neilson Lam: Ronald Suleski, Director of the Rosenberg Institute at Suffolk University.

Richard M. Rosenberg Asian Studies Scholarship

Richard M. Rosenberg Asian Studies Scholarship


We are delighted to announce the establishment of the Richard M. Rosenberg Asian Studies Scholarship. With a generous donation from Mr. Rosenberg, the Scholarship offers assistance to Suffolk students in their study abroad in Asia.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants should be a fulltime Suffolk student, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, having declared a major or minor in Asian Studies.


For 2014, the application deadline is February 28. Students who are planning to study abroad in Asia before the end of 2014 are encouraged to apply. Please submit a resume and a short essay of about 500 words, stating your academic interest and plan of study abroad. The application material should be submitted to Dr. Ronald Suleski, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114. Materials may be sent by email to:


Rosenberg Institute and Asian Studies Program

Pat Moriarty – a fan of Japanese music!

Pat Moriarty is a double major in History and Asian Studies. He spent last year at Sophia University in Tokyo and made good progress in the Japanese language. Now back at Suffolk, he has an internship with the on-line magazine JaME which specializes in Japanese contemporary music of all genres. Pat works maintaining the web-site, and also contributes to the magazine.


Follow the link below to see a copy of his recent review of the Japanese metal band Dir en grey from Osaka.

Open House 2013

Asian Studies Program had its Fall 2013 Open House on October 27.  Students who studied abroad in China, Japan, and Korea in 2012-2013 shared their experiences with the audience. Their Powerpoint presentations were delightful and very informative.


Carl Anderson talking about China

In addition, Professors Chris Dakin and Ron Suleski as well as Levina Huang from TECO in Boston spoke about various study abroad programs in Asia.

100 Thousand Strong: Studying in China

To encourages students of diverse backgrounds from across the country to learn Mandarin and study in China, the 100,000 Strong Foundation offers various opportunities and scholarships to interested high school and college students.  Website




Korea Summer 2013

This past summer of 2013 Suffolk University had four students who spent the summer in Seoul Korea. They each received a scholarship and participated in an internship, while studying the Korean language at Yonsei University.

Korea Summer 2013

(L to R) Sanghyun Lee (President and CEO of KCC Corporation which provided the scholarships through their Chongha Scholarship Foundation); Shinhye Lee (Mr. Lee’s daughter who was a student at Suffolk in 2012); Suffolk student Christopher Maynard; Suffolk student Kathy Liu; C.Y. Lee (Chairman and Founder of KCC Corporation, who presented the checks); Suffolk student Elisa Lim; Suffolk student Kaila Millett; Sunshik Min (President and CEO of YBM Corporation, which provided some of the internship placements.)

What I am about to eat – from our Fullbright student

Carl Anderson and Audrea White, two Suffolk students, are studying in Xi’an, China on a Fulbright scholarship. Audrea is Monty Link’s (Philosophy) advisee, and both students took Chinese language classes with Chris Dakin. Carl has created his blog site, which was forwarded to me by Chris. You will enjoy reading his report and reflections:

More details about their experience of the trip can be found here.

Asian Studies Open House

Allan Tow is the honorable MC

Full House!

Jenny Chung (below) and Carl Anderson shared their Shanghai experience

Norelis Popovic and Dan McCarthy talked about their Korean experience

Chris and a picture of his younger self

Janet Scott showing students Chinese kids’ caps

Ron and some of his favorite things

Simone explained why Shakespeare is one of her favorite novelists.


Suffolk Students Intern in Seoul, Korea

Two Suffolk students spent the summer of 2012 in Seoul, Korea. In the mornings they studied Korean at the Korean Summer Language Institute at Yonsei University. In the afternoons they each had an internship at a Korean cable TV station. The students were funded by the Jongha Scholarship Foundation, which is operated by KCC Corporation.

The photo was taken at the ceremony when both students were presented with their scholarship checks.

(L to R) SH Lee (President of KCC Corporation); Suffolk students Daniel J. McCarthy (who was with SBS-CNBC); Norelis Popovic (Chosun TV); CY Lee (Chairman and Founder of KCC Corporation)


This was the second year of the Seoul internship program and KCC has indicated their desire to continue this program with Suffolk.

From Dan McCarthy:

My bags were packed, and the butterflies were in my stomach.  I’d traveled abroad before; however, this was the first time that I would be on my own in another country.  I was undoubtedly intimidated; my only prior experience with Korean culture involved a barbeque.  There were doubts, concerns and unanswered questions; as well as plenty of friends and family back home that were unafraid to share them with me.  But sometimes you just need to go for it, and be amazed by what happens next.

I arrived in Seoul, South Korea on June 19th, and from there it was pretty hard to look back.  I attended the Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University, while simultaneously interning at media-giant Seoul Broadcasting Systems (SBS), in the CNBC branch.  With classes five days a week from 9AM-1PM and work four days a week from 2PM-7PM, I immediately learned that time was a luxury and needed to be managed as such.

The language classes were unlike any I’d taken in my life.  Going from “A-B-C-D,” to “아, 어, 오, 우,” was overwhelming at first, and in many ways it still is.  Sitting in a classroom with a majority of Koreans made it easy to stand out when stuttering through counting to ten and naming fruits and vegetables.  There’s a great deal of shame that comes with being a “dunce” in Asian culture, and I understood exactly what that meant for the first time in my life.  It was quite a way of getting me inspired to hit the books!

Another reason I felt the need to learn the language quickly was due to my experience at SBS-CNBC.  Of the dozens of employees working in both the studio and office of the company, I could count on one hand the number of people who spoke English.  However, those who could speak English, and even those who couldn’t were extremely friendly, and succeeded in making my internship a memorable one.

The highlight of my time with SBS came on the last day, when I spoke on camera about the developing Apple vs. Samsung case, and helped define some American slang-words used in the trial that would otherwise be lost in translation to Koreans.  While explaining what a “knock-off”  was, I used a box of cereal that was clearly a rip-off of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.  It will probably go down as the strangest news broadcast I’ll ever do, but almost certainly my favorite as well!

During my time in Korea, I had the opportunity to live with over 200 students in the program.   They were close to the same age as myself, but from a VAST variety of backgrounds and cultures that differed from my own.

Malaysia, Quebec, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and even South Dakota were just some of the places and cultures that my classmates called their own.  Retelling some of my stories to friends back home often sounded like the beginning of a bad joke; “So an American, a Dane, and a French-Korean guy walk into a bar…”

However, we did far more than just goof off.  We studied together.  Learned together. Traveled South Korea together.  While I was one of fewer than 10 non-Korean students in the program, it was truly enlightening to realize how none of that matter to us from the very first day of the program.  Their passion for the Korean culture gave birth to a passion of my own.

The trip was as historical as it was hysterical.  No day I spent in Seoul was like the day before or after it.  Whether I was peering over the Demilitarized Zone, practicing Taekwondo on the beautiful campus of Yonsei, standing in front of the camera at SBS-CNBC, or losing my voice at Norebang with some of the best friends I’ll ever have, the only thing I couldn’t do over those 6 weeks was wipe a smile off my face.

I’ve been back in the United States for over two months now, but the experience continues to have an effect on me.  I’m looking to resume studying the Korean language, however outside of the classroom since Suffolk doesn’t currently teach Korean.  My goal is to return to South Korea in 2018 as a media member for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and I figure my best bet to make that happen is with a firm grasp of Hangeul.  Plus, I’d like to be able to say “this round’s on me,” to my friends in the program, using the language that brought us all together.

If you’re looking to travel; if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a culture far from your own; if you’re looking to build friendships that transcend race or nation; if you’re looking to fully take advantage of the opportunities Suffolk University has to offer, then get involved in this program.  You’ll be glad you did.


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