The Department of French and Francophone Studies is proud to present its new Beinecke Scholar, Jason Hong. Jason is currently studying for a year in Lyon, France, where he completed a research project on the notions of confinement, liberation, and utopia in two novels by Tahar Ben Jelloun. Jason has also worked on questions of re-writing and autobiography, especially in works by Maryse Condé, and on return narratives of the francophone Caribbean and Vietnam (the latter through UCLA's Research Rookies program). He took first place in the Martin-Turrill Best French Essay competition for a project on the female body and feminist theory in the film La Vie d'Adèle. Back in Los Angeles, Jason had served as a tutor through several campus organizations. Additionally, he has served as an Officer for Le Cercle Francophone and Phi Alpha Theta, the Undergraduate History Association, and as an Editor for Aleph, the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Quaestio, the Undergraduate History Journal. Among others, his interests concern francophone literature (Vietnam in particular), littérature-monde, interculturality, and diaspora. He is looking forward to writing a senior thesis in the department next year. Jason was mentored for this scholarship by Distinguished Professor Françoise Lionnet, Professor Laure Murat, and Associate Professor Lia Brozgal.
The Beinecke Scholarship is awarded, in an extremely competitive national competition, to gifted junior students in the social sciences and humanities who already show the academic profile and the ambition to enter academic graduate school in their field. Students must demonstrate a history of extraordinary academic achievement and a history of financial need. The scholarship gives $34,000 towards the recipients' graduate education. Only one student can be nominated from UCLA. The names of the 2015 Beinecke scholars can be viewed here: http://fdnweb.org/beinecke/scholarships/year/2015/.