Hiram College

Left to right: Merose Hwang, Ph.D., assistant professor of history; Nan Hu '15, communication major; Kati Dlugosz '15, creative writing major; Xinlu Yu, Ph.D., associate professor of communication

Hiram College students and faculty recently collaborated to present a panel on Oriental gender and sexuality at Governors State University’s “Gender Matters” conference.

Xinlu Yu teaching

The conference took place April 17-18, 2015, in University Park, Ill. Kati Dlugosz ’15, creative writing major of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Nan Hu ’15, communication major of Sichuan, China, expanded their horizons beyond the classroom as they presented the panel “Images of Gender, Sex and the Family in East Asia,” alongside Merose Hwang, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, and Xinlu Yu, Ph.D., associate professor of communication.

The four papers presented for the panel represent a culmination of issues and questions raised to problematize representations of Oriental gender and sexuality.

“Through careful mentoring within and research outside of the classroom, our panel explained to the larger academic community how non-normative gender and sexuality are expressed as civic, social and cultural engagement, so that we may appreciate some of the increasing complexities in East Asian gender politics,” Dr. Hwang said.

Both students, Dlugosz and Hu, have explored an interest in East Asia through their studies at Hiram College.

Hu, who applied not just her undergraduate studies, but also her experience living in China and volunteering in Nepal to the paper she presented, plans to explore East Asian studies in graduate school.

Dlugosz is currently studying abroad in Japan for the 3-Week, and has combined her passion for East Asian culture to her interest in feminism, writing and history.

“I think the conference was a great, intellectually-stimulating, and enlightening experience as a student,” said Dlugosz. “I learned so much from the presentations, as well as learning from my own experience presenting at the panel.”