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by Janel Foster, staff writer

 

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 Parliament.
“ 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 peoples.”
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 Hameed.

 

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