May 15, 2007 Florence Tan Moeson Fellows Appointed

Scholars to Conduct Research in the Library’s Collections

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022

As the Library of Congress observes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a variety of events (, it is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2007 Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship. Under this program, eight scholars will have the opportunity to conduct research using the Library’s Asian collections. Comprising nearly 2.8 million items, the collections are among the most significant outside of Asia.

Established in 2005, the fellowship is made possible by a generous donation from Florence Tan Moeson, a former Library employee who retired 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 Library’s collections.

This year’s awardees include librarians, graduate students and independent scholars whose research focuses on history, literature, linguistics, anthropology and film. Each research project will result in a brief report and an informal presentation at the Library.

Under the terms of the donation, up to 15 Moeson fellowships will be awarded annually for 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. A list of 2007 fellows and their proposal titles are provided below.

The deadline for applications for the 2008 awards is Sept. 30, 2007.

For more information, visit the Library’s Asian Reading Room Web site at or the Library’s jobs and fellowships Web site at

2007 Florence Tan Moeson Fellows

  • Ellen Huang, University of California, San Diego, “China’s China: Jingdezhen Porcelain and the Production of Culture in the Nineteenth Century”
  • Sho Konishi, University of Chicago, “Anarchist Democracy in Early 20th-Century Japan”
  • Sueyoung Park-Primiano, New York University, “Identifying Ideologies of Korean Cinema of 1950s and 1960s”
  • Liladhur Pendse, University of California, Los Angeles, “Portuguese Language Print Materials from Goa in Colonial India”
  • Ronit Ricci, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, “Suluk: Islamic Mystical Poetry in Javanese”
  • Lily Ann Villaraza, Northern Illinois University, “Philippine Protest Theater in the Anti-Martial Law Movement”
  • Samuel Wright, University of Maryland, College Park, “Sanskrit Intellectual History in Early Modern Bengal: the Case of Gadadhara Bhattacharya”
  • Xiaoqing Zhu, University of Maryland, College Park, “Indigenization or Westernization? Chinese Visual Encounters with European Imageries in the Late Ming Period (1580-1620)”


PR 07-104
ISSN 0731-3527