The Japan-United States Educational Commission
has awarded Andrew Abordonado, an HPU senior who expects to
graduate in May with a B.A. in International Studies and a
minor in Japanese, a Fulbright grant to study in Japan in the
2009-2010 academic year.
Abordonado is the first HPU student to be awarded a Fulbright.
An alumnus of Roosevelt High School and an HPU Presidential Scholar,
he spent the 2007-2008 academic year studing at Hakodate University
in Japan as an HPU exchange student.
He is on the HPU Academic Dean’s List, and was a presenter
at the National Alpha Chi Academic Conference for “Disappearance
of the Invisible People: An Analysis of Japanese Legal Changes
on the Socioeconomic Status of the Ainu People.”
The Fulbright grant will allow him to complete his study in Hokkaido
and Tokyo on the Ainu minority in Japan. The purpose of his research
will be to investigate and document the ongoing processes and
initiatives aimed at providing for the Ainu people’s new
legal status of “indigenous people” in Japan’s
It has been a dream of mine to be a sociopolitical field researcher
in Japan,” Abordonado said. “I feel the research
I will be doing is cutting edge and could potentially contribute
to the fields of study regarding international law and indigenous
Fulbright awardees are selected following a rigorous national
competition and the grants are widely viewed as the most prestigious
fellowships in the field of international higher education.
Besides having numerous members of its faculty being honored
with the Fulbright grant, HPU has hosted visiting Fulbright Scholars
from the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Slovenia; Fulbright graduate
students from Germany; and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching
Assistants (FLTA) in Arabic from Libya and Morocco.
This year, HPU is hosting another Fulbright FLTA, Rafat Mashaly,
from Egypt, and a Fulbright graduate student from Iraq, Ghusoon