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This series was created to preserve what various people have experienced in East Asia. The purpose of this series is to share those special experiences and memories as they tell their own stories. The interview series exists in multiple formats: streaming video, written memoirs, diary entries, and photographs.

The interviewees include faculty and students from The University of Kansas. Faculty interviews focus on academic teaching, research, and achievements. The Student Interview series focuses on the impact of study abroad on their life, the challenges they have faced living in another culture, and how that has developed them as a person. Interviews with KU Alumni and Professors Emeritus show how KU’s East Asian programs have changed over the years, and how their interests and experiences led them to where they are now. The Community Interview series documents individual stories of those from East Asia, or those who lived through special encounters from that region.

Recent Submissions

  • East Asian studies alumni interview: Jon J. Alexiou 

    Alexiou, Jon James (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2019-02-05)
    Dr. Jon Alexiou provided this article in response to interview questions for the KU East Asian Studies interview series collection. He was raised in Kansas City and attend the University of Kansas where he developed an ...
  • Interview with Elizabeth Schultz Focused on Her Teaching and Experiences at the University of Kansas (1967-2001) and Beyond 

    Schultz, Elizabeth A.; Fentress, Beth (Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas, 2018-12)
    Dr. Elizabeth Schultz talks about her academic work, post-academic writings, and experiences both abroad and at the University of Kansas. Her stories of life studying and teaching topics like Melville, English, and history ...
  • The Adventure Doesn't Start Until Something Goes Wrong with Parker Winkler 

    Winkler, Parker; 溫柏康 (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2018-10-19)
    Parker Winkler answers questions regarding his study abroad experiences. He discusses the challenges he faced, the skills he acquired from study abroad, and the impact study abroad had on him.
  • The Experience of Wayne F. Doll's Military Service in World War II 

    Doll, Wayne F. (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2018-10-11)
    Wayne F. Doll shares his personal narrative of service during World War II in the U.S. Navy, 1944-1946. He served in the Pacific theater, primarily at Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan. He was the Quartermaster navigator ...
  • International Experiences in International Cities with David Easley 

    Easley, David (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2018-06-01)
    David Easley talks about how he became interested in studying Chinese, managed a difficult electromagnetics course at Hong Kong University, and used three languages to have a conversation at a barbecue on Penghu Island.
  • Overcoming Barriers to Enjoy the Little Things With Aaron McIntyre 

    McIntyre, Aaron (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2018-05-21)
    This interview is part of the KU Center for East Asian Studies Study Abroad Impact Interview Series. Aaron McIntyre reflects on overcoming language barriers, the value of making mistakes, visiting with locals in a Shanxi ...
  • Culture Shock: A Challenge Turned Chance With Gentry Toman 

    Toman, Gentry; 童萱琪 (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2018-06-13)
    Gentry Toman answers four questions regarding her study abroad experiences. She discusses her challenges, her favorite story, the impact study abroad had on her future, and the skills she gained along the way.
  • Gaining Independence Through Adaptation With Beth Fentress 

    Fentress, Beth (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2018-05-31)
    This interview is part of the KU Center for East Asian Studies Study Abroad Impact Interview Series. Beth Fentress discusses her thoughts and advice after spending a total of 14 months studying abroad in China. She answers ...
  • A Midwesterner Goes to Annapolis : Pearl Harbor and Beyond 

    Muirhead, Vincent; Vincent Muirhead (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2017-09)
    Kansas-native Vincent Muirhead’s initial, childhood interest in airplanes accompanied him through various stages of his life, from United States Navy midshipman to naval commander, World War II veteran, and Aerospace ...
  • Interview with Cam Phan 

    Phan, Cam; Tran, Michelle (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2001-04-22)
    An interview with Phan-Michelle Tran (the interviewer’s mother) covers her life in Vietnam and experience evacuating to the US after the Fall of Saigon. The interview is mostly in Vietnamese with some English.
  • Interview with Tammy Ngo 

    Ngo, Tammy (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2014)
    The video features an interview with a South Vietnamese man who spent five years in the Re-education Camp of Socialist Vietnam after the end of Vietnam War in 1975.
  • Sexual Politics in the Chinese Imperial Palace 

    McMahon, Keith; 马克梦 (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2014-12-02)
    Keith McMahon discusses in Chinese the manipulation, sexual prowess and espionage in the palace. His lead academic role in this complicated field allows for a revealing look into the dark, secret corners of imperial politics.
  • Story of the Zhang Family: from the Middle Kingdom to the American Midwest - Lawrence KS Based Chinese Artist Zhang Chun Hong Interview Her Mother Bai Yu Zhi 

    Zhang, Chun Hong; Bai, Yu Zhi (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2016-12)
    In these videos, Artist Zhang Chun Hong interviews her mother Bai Yu Zhi about her family history and growing up in China in 1970s and 1980s.
  • Felix Moos--Center for East Asian Studies Interview: An Anthropologist's Asian Journeys 

    Moos, Felix; Greene, Megan (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2013-11)
    Dr. Felix Moos discusses his experiences in childhood as part of a German military family living in Manchuria, the events in his life that led to his interest in East Asian Studies, his experiences flying 100 missions in ...
  • Grant Goodman--Center for East Asian Studies Interview: Reminiscences of a 25 Year Retiree 

    Goodman, Grant K.; Greene, Megan (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2013-10)
    Professor Emeritus Grant Goodman discusses his role as a Japanese Language Officer for military intelligence in World War II, studies at Princeton and the University of Michigan, teaching in the Philippines, becoming a ...
  • Scott Dearborn Colby--Center for East Asian Studies Interview 

    Colby, Scott; Greene, Megan (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2015-04)
    Dr. Scott Colby, KU EALC (1966), talks about his experience studying East Asian Studies and Chinese language in the 1960s and early 1970s. This interview is a part of the University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies ...
  • John Dardess--Center for East Asian Studies Interview: Me and Ming China 

    Dardess, John W.; Greene, Megan (University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, 2011)
    In this video, Professor Emeritus John Dardess relates how he came to focus on the study of Ming China, describes the strategies and resources employed in his research and outlines the primary themes of his work.