Award: Woodrow Wilson
Project #1 Sign Language Interpreters’ Dilemma in Protestant Churches: An Anthropological Inquiry into Three Deaf Churches in New Jersey and New York
Through an ethnographic fieldwork in three Protestant Deaf Churches in New Jersey and New York, I take a closer look into the problems and dilemma facing the sign language interpreters. I delve into the dilemma of having to decide between prioritizing transliteration of the speaker’s words and emphasizing the Deaf congregants’ understanding. In drawing attention to such linguistic issues of the interpreters, I hope to also address the physical constraints in ASL-English modality as well as wider theological questions that parallel the interpreters’ dilemma.
Mentor: Dr. Niloofar Haeri, Anthropology
Project #2 Korean Motherhood and Textures of Care in South Korea’s Gangnam District
By carefully analyzing the texture of care among upper-middle class mothers in the Gangnam District (a highly developed and affluent area of Seoul, South Korea), I hope to shed better light on the ways in which the Korean imagination of motherhood is interwoven with pressures of securing a successful academic future for the child. This analysis into the concept of care will reveal the complexity of connectivity that is present in the mother’s relation to her child, to herself, as well as her aspirations and anxieties around successful motherhood.
Mentor: Dr. Clara Han, Anthropology
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