June 22, 2006 Florence Tan Moesen Fellows Appointed

Scholars to Conduct Research in Library’s Collections

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022

Seven scholars have been selected to receive the Florence Tan Moesen Fellowship to support research using the Asian collections of the Library of Congress.

Now in its inaugural year, the fellowship is made possible by a generous donation from Florence Tan Moeson, a former Library of Congress cataloger who retired in 2001 with more than 40 years of Library service. The purpose of the fellowship is to give individuals the opportunity to pursue research on East, Southeast or South Asia using the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress. The Library’s Asian collections, comprising nearly 2.8 million items, are among the most significant outside of Asia.

Under the terms of the donation, up to 15 Moeson fellowships will be awarded annually for a period of 10 years. Each carries a stipend of $300 to $2,500 to support a minimum of five days of research at the Library of Congress, resulting in a brief report and an informal presentation at the Library. A list of 2006 fellows and their proposal titles are provided below.

The deadline for applications for the 2007 awards is Sept. 30, 2006. For more information about the fellowship, visit the Library's Asian Reading Room Web site at www.loc.gov/rr/asian or the Library’s jobs and fellowships Web site at www.loc.gov/hr/employment/.

2006 Florence Tan Moesen Fellows

Stephen Brown, South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, “The saubhAgyabhAskara: A New and Improved Edition”

Mei Chun Chen, Library of Congress Conservation Division, “The Technical Analysis, Conservation Treatment and Digital Imaging of the Gilman Collection of Chinese Pith Painting at the Library of Congress”

Xilao Li, William Rainey Harper College, “The Early Reception of African American Literature in China”

Aimee Nguyen, University of Washington, “Vietnam Household Registration System: A Comparative Study with China”

James Warren, Murdoch University (Australia), “Captivity Remembered: Slavery, Islam and Identity Formation in the Sulu Zone, 1768-1898”

Yunshan Ye, Dickson College Library, “Literature, Media and Market Economy: the Case of Chinese “Alternative Literature”

Dafna Zur, University of British Columbia, “Constructions of Gender, National Identity and Childhood in North and South Korean Children’s Literature”


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ISSN 0731-3527