Vera Hanaoka, a PhD student in Japanese language and linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was selected as the Kobe College Corporation Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellow for 2018-19. She is the only recipient of this nation-wide competition for $30,000. 

Hanaoka says, “I’m honored that I was chosen for this generous fellowship and am excited to pursue my dream of doing research in Japan on the identities of advanced learners of Japanese.”

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