UCLA provides housing, airfare, living expenses, and class fees for students in Latin America to take course on Korean humanities that are not offered in their countries.
Ligia Xavier, Brazil
Lígia graduated from the University of Sao Paulo with a B.A in humanities; she majored in linguistics with a minor in Portuguese language and literature. She was a member of the Korean Study Group at that university from 2009 to 2012. Prior to participating in the Fellowship Program of the UCLA Center for Korean Studies, she studied in Kaposvár, Hungary (2001) and Athens, Greece (University of Athens, 2010). Lígia is interested in Korean history, as well as gender in Korea. Her professional career interests include high-impact educational projects in the fields of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social business. Her recent work includes projects in distance learning and instructional systems design. Languages: Brazilian Portuguese (native), English, German, Hungarian, Modern Greek, Spanish and (some) French and Korean.
Cintli Cardenas, Mexico
Cintli studied international relations at the University of Colima in Mexico. She was an exchange student at Korea University in spring semester 2010. Cintli has been a research assistant at the Asia Pacific Studies Center (Centro Universitario de Estudios e Investigaciones sobre la Cuenca del Pacífico) of the University of Colima and has co-authored two academic papers about inter-Korean relations. Languages: Spanish, English and Korean.
Eduardo Luciano Tadeo Hernández, Mexico
Eduardo studied international relations at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Mexico, spending one quarter at Korea University during his undergraduate studies (in 2009). His research interests include public diplomacy, foreign policy and democracy, parliamentary diplomacy, energy security and gender relations. He is interested in the Asia Pacific region in general, but his specific area of research has been the Korean peninsula, with a particular emphasis on South Korea. He will receive a master’s degree in Korean Studies at El Colegio de México (Mexico City) in 2013. Languages: Spanish, English, French, Korean and German.
Lara Schujovitzky, Argentina
Lara earned a B.A. from the National University of Rosario in Argentina, with a double major in political science and international relations. She is a member of its Research and Scientific Development Program, “The Historical Evolution of International Relations.” Lara’s research interests include the historical and cultural merging of East Asian and Latin American civilizations, their commerce and trade relations, sustainable development and Confucianism. Currently, she is working on a thesis entitled “The Chinese Investment Model in Latin America, 2008–2012: A Turning Point.” Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Portuguese.
Santiago D’Anna, Argentina
Santiago hails from La Plata, capital of the province of Buenos Aires. He is a professor of sociology and member of the Korean Studies Center at the National University of La Plata. His last publication compared anti-dictatorial movements in Argentina and South Korea between 1960 and 1980. Currently, he is interested in Korean labor movement. Languages: Spanish and English.
Madeleine Solano, Chile
Madeleine received her B.A. in History from Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Chile in 2012. She has worked as researcher and teaching assistant at PUC, and as an assistant coordinator at King Sejong Institute of Diego Portales University in Santiago. Currently, she is conducting research on Korean identity and popular culture in the era of globalization, as well as on the Korean diaspora in Latin America. She is also interested in the relationship between discourses on Korean identity and public diplomacy strategies from a historical perspective. In 2014, she will start a graduate program in Korean Studies at Seoul National University. Languages: Spanish, English and Korean.
Leonardo Rodarte, Brazil
Leonado holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of São Paulo. He was awarded Brazil’s 2012 National Prize for Korean Studies for an article entitled "Profissão Artista: Gênero, Arte e Politca na Coreia (Artist as a Profession: Gender, Arts and Politics in Korea)." Now a fellow in the Korean Government Scholarship Program, Rodarte will start a master’s degree program in public policy at Yonsei University in 2014. His research interests include international cooperation, sustainable development, public policy, urban transportation policies, and gender issues. Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Korean.
Paulina Soto Gonzalez, Chile
Paulina is a law student at Univerisity of Chile. Her research interests include commercial law in South Korea, Korean History and Language, and Korean popular culture. Languages: Spanish, English and Korean.
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Published: Friday, June 21, 2013