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Naomi Fogerty, a Reed sophomore from Edmonds, Washington, majoring in English literature, has recently been awarded a Freeman-ASIA award for study abroad. She will receive $3,000 to help fund an eight-week program at Southwest Minority University in Chengdu, China, where she will take courses in Chinese studies.

After taking an introductory course on popular culture in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from the turn of the twentieth century through the present day, with an emphasis on literature, music, and film, Forgerty wanted to delve further into the subject by experiencing the culture firsthand. She says, "I hope to gain a real life context for the concepts I have studied while in class at Reed. I hope that my studies in China will provide background and experience for things I may study in the future."

The Freeman-ASIA Program aims to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities. The program is funded by the Institute of International Education and the Freeman Foundation.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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