August 11, 2011 Library's 2011 Florence Tan Moeson Fellows Announced

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Public Contact: Anchi Hoh, (202) 707-5673

The Library has selected seven individuals to receive the 2011 Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship. Under this program, scholars have the opportunity to conduct research using the Library’s Asian collections.

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 or the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community using the Library’s Asian collections. Fellowship recipients have included librarians, graduate students, independent scholars, researchers and university professors.

Under the terms of the donation, up to 15 Moeson fellowships are awarded each year. Each carries a stipend of $300 to $2,500 to support a minimum of five days of research at the Library of Congress. Each recipient’s research project will result in a brief report and an informal presentation at the Library. A list of 2011 fellows and their proposal titles is provided below.

For more information about the fellowship, including how to apply for the 2012 awards, visit Currently, the fellowship program is accepting new applications. The submission deadline is Sept. 30, 2011.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library’s Asian collection of more than 2.8 million items is the largest and most comprehensive outside Asia.

2011 Florence Tan Moeson Fellows

  • Alice Jade Alburo, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles, “Explorasyon sa Kapanulatang Sugbuanon: An Exploration of Cebuano Literature”
  • Jaime Cleland, Ohio University, “Beyond Fifth Chinese Daughter: The Life of Jade Snow Wong”
  • Aminath Riyaz, The Maldives National University, “Maldives as Depicted at the Library of Congress: An Annotated Bibliography of Current Holdings”
  • Alan Sweeten, California State University, Stanislaus, “The Old Churches of Beijing and Hebei Province: Their Historical and Architectural Legacies”
  • Martin Thiry, University of Hawaii East-West Center, “Colonial Policing in the Dutch East Indies: The Case of Ambonese Armed Police, 1890-1946”
  • Saw Sandi Tun, Burmese American Collective, “Manuscripts, Magical Creatures, and Bridging Generational Gaps Within the Burmese-American Diaspora”
  • Boram Yi, University of Baltimore, “Difficult Beginning: American Soldiers, Korean Hosts, and the Making of the First US-ROK Status of Forces Agreement, 1945-1966”


PR 11-146
ISSN 0731-3527