Month: April 2013

Tea Time with Professor Schwarcz

On April 16, 2013, Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies invited the Freeman Asian scholars on campus to tea with her in the Freeman East Asian Studies Center to discuss the current state of the Freeman Asian Scholar program and its future. Turnout was good, as  26 of Freeman scholars, from varying class years and different countries attended. The conversation was very fruitful, and Professor Schwarcz shared many valuable insights about the program and ideas for future projects. The topics discussed were as follows:

I)  The Contributions of Freeman Scholars

Professor Schwarcz complimented Freeman Scholars on their intelligence and creativity and believe they made valuable contributions to her classes.

II) History of the Freeman Asian Scholar Program

Professor Schwarcz shared how Mansfield Freeman, who lived during a time of weakened US-China relations saw a need to reconnect the USA with China and Asia in order for the West to learn about Asia. Hence, he provided support to Wesleyan’s East Asian Studies program.

Meanwhile Houghton “Buck” Freeman, Mr. Mansfield’s son who was born and grew up in Asia, had a vision of how much Asian countries would benefit from their youth receiving a liberal arts education as rigorous as the one he received at Wesleyan. He thus set up the Freeman Foundation and started the Freeman Asian Scholarship program to provide scholarships to outstanding students from 11 different East and Southeast Asian countries.

III) Aims of the Freeman Asian Scholar Program

a)    Cultivating young Asian leaders capable of critical thinking and knowledgeable about America.

b)   Providing these young Asian leaders with the opportunity to broaden their personal and intellectual horizons through a liberal arts education  at Wesleyan and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to effectively serve their homelands in the future.

c)    To enhance the cultural and intellectual diversity of the Wesleyan student body.

IV) Current Challenges

Professor Schwarcz shared about some of the current challenges the program is facing, such as the financial sustainability  of the program in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

V) Cultivating Allies

Professor Schwarcz stressed the need to cultivate allies of the Freeman Asian Scholarship program, both on campus and off, who could contribute in various ways to the future sustainability of the program.

VI) Freeman Alumni Engagement

Professor Schwarcz emphasized the importance of cultivating relations with Freeman Asian scholar alumni. Some of the suggestions on how to do so were:

a)    WeSeminars presented by people connected to the Freeman program

b)   Alumni newsletter

VII) 20th Anniversary of the Freeman Asian scholar program

The Freeman program will be turning 20 in Fall 2015! Professor Schwarcz suggested producing a souvenir book to commemorate the occasion. The book should be well designed and can incorporate submissions from alumni. Preparations for the 20th anniversary should commence now. The 20th anniversary can be a cause around which to rally Freeman alumni support and reengage them actively.

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Minute taken by Hannah Ang ’16, edited by Julian Theseira ’14

FASA’s Karaoke Event!

March 30th, 2013

This semester, FASA Exco is trying to be creative with events. On 3/30, we organized the very first FASA Karaoke night! More than 25 members, even several senior thesis writers, attended this 3 hours long singing event. Thank you AAA for providing the space!

Thanks to Victor Goh’15, our karaoke set up expert, we were able to have a great time together!  We had:

  1. Three wireless microphones 
  2. A remote control system to select numerous songs
  3. Songs of ANY language, ANY period!
  4. Screen displaying upcoming songs
  5. Speakers with bass for background music

Here are some highlights of the event:


Yummy snacks prepared by Exco


Our lovely sophomore and freshmen


Francis ’13 (Taiwan) and Hannah ’16 (Philippines)


Gavin ’13 (Singapore) came for his favorite singer Anita Mui


Abraham ’13(Malaysia) and Victor ’16 (Singapore) sang along while managing the karaoke station (not an easy task)


Chun Kit ’15 (Malaysia), Tony ’16 (Taiwan), Tuan ’16 (Vietnam) and Kotaro ’16 (Japan) had a great time singing together


All of our Filipino Freemans (Reese’ 13, Marianna ’15, Leo ’14 and Hannah ’16) came… Filipinos truly LOVE karaoke


Taiwanese (Leslie ’15 and Tony ’16) also had a great time singing 五月天!


Current Co-Chair (Ga Eun ’14) and our beloved previous Co-Chair (Lin ’14) decided to sing Skyfall together


The last song…


We had a great time with our FASA friends and it was fun singing in so many languages (Mandarin, Japanese, Malay etc).  Thank you for coming! We hope to organize it again next year!

Stay tuned for our next special event (it’s going to be unexpected!)