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Inspiring Academic Women

Man He

Dr. Man He is an Assistant Professor of Chinese at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. Her areas of expertise include 20th century Chinese literature and culture; drama and theatre in late imperial and modern China; and performance studies.

Man He studied for her B.A at Renmin University in 2000, and then did two master’s degrees at Seton Hall University and Ohio State University in 2004 and 2009. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2015.

Man He has reviewed books, written articles and translated plays. One article was: “Spoken Drama of, for, and by the Peasants: Crossing the River and Ding County Experimental Theatre (1932-1937)”, in David Der-wei Wang ed., A New Literary History of Modern China, commissioned by Harvard University Press.  Scheduled for publication in 2015.

She was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistant Reward from The Ohio State University in 2011.

Hu Lung-Hua Hu

Hu Lung-Hua Hu is Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies. Her research is focused on Mandarin Chinese phonology and grammar, as well as pedagogy. She has also worked on methods for and the effectiveness of incorporating technology into teaching Chinese.

Hu received her MA in TESOL from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in 1993, and taught at Chinese Language and Area Studies School in Taipei, Princeton University, Princeton in Beijing and Brown, where she is known as “the tone police” by students.

Vera Schwarcz

Vera Schwarcz is a Romanian-born author and Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. She studied for her BA at Vassar College, and her MA from Yale, where she studied with Jonathan Spence, a Ph.D from Stanford University. She later studied at Peking University as part of the first group of American students admitted after the establishment of diplomatic relations better the States and China.

Vera has taught Chinese history, but she is also the author of eight books: including the prize-winning Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory and Time for Telling Truth Is Running Out: Conversations with Zhang Shenfu; The Chinese Enlightenment and Place and Memory in Singing Crane Garden. Vera likes to write poetry and novellas.

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Famous and Inspiring Asian Women

Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a Pakistani human rights activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate whose advocacy has grown into an international movement. Malala’s family runs a chain of schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban banned girls from attending school during certain periods.

Malala wrote an article under a pseudonym for BBC Urdu describing her life under the

Taliban occupation and promoting education for girls when she was just 11 years old.

The following summer, a documentary was made about her life by a New York Times journalist, Adam B. Ellick. Malala rose in prominence and was nominated for the

International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu.

In October 2012, Malala got onto her school bus and a gunman shot her three times.

One bullet hit the left side of her forehead, travelling under her skin through the length of her face and into her shoulder. She was unconscious for days after the attack, and was in a critical condition, but she underwent extensive rehabilitation at a hospital in

Birmingham, U.K. and her state of health improved markedly.

When a group of fifty Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a petition against those that tried to kill her, the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill both her and her father.

Luckily, this only raised people’s awareness of Malala and her advocacy and a UN

petition was launched by Gordon Brown demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015, which lead to Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill in 2013.

Malala was considered one of the most influential people in the world in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by TIME magazine. She will turn 20 in July, 2017.


Corazon Aquino

Corazon Aquino was the 11 th and first female president of the Philippines. She restored democracy after a long dictatorship led by Ferdinand Marcos. Her husband was an opponent Marcos and was assassinated upon his return from exile. When Marco unexpectedly held an election in 1986, Corazon became the unified opposition’s presidential candidate and she took office until 1992.

Corazon was born into a wealthy political and banking family but she studied in the

United States from age 13 until she graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in both

French and mathematics from College of Mount St. Vincent in New York.

After her husband’s death, Corazon evolved into a national symbol of reform, and when she won the election after her supporters challenging the results in 1986, she was named TIME magazine’s Woman of the Year.


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