Student Perspectives

SPICE Instructor Kasumi Yamashita speaks with Native and Indigenous educators

By Gary Mukai

On March 18, 2021, the California Department of Education adopted the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Chapter 3 of the Model Curriculum includes a section on “Native American Studies.” During a June 18, 2021 webinar, three…

Shirley (Xuehan)  Zhao
  • Student Spotlight

Shirley Zhao (MA '21, East Asian Studies) was awarded the 1st annual Connie Chin Memorial Writing in East Asian Studies, for her paper "The Great Manchurian Plague: An Event of Nation-Making and the Experiences Failed to be…

Haley Gordon MA'21 portrait
  • Student Spotlight

Haley Gordon (MA '21, East Asian Studies) was awarded the 10th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies, for her paper "Nation-Being in North Korea: New Perspectives on Human Rights."

"Haley's thesis…

Portraits of Cole McFaul and Caroline Zhang

Stanford co-term students Cole McFaul and Caroline Zhang have been selected as 2021 Yenching Academy Scholars and will begin master’s programs in Chinese Studies at Peking University in the fall.



Benjamin Villar photo
  • Student Spotlight

Benjamin (“Ben”) Villar, M.A. '21, is pursing his master’s degree at the Center for East Asian Studies. Prior to coming to Stanford, Ben studied Japan’s colonial era and the occupation of Korea. Ben’s research interests have…