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Over the last 30 years, I have paid especially close attention to relations between Taiwan and China, and all of the implications of this tension for Taiwanese identity. As a published historian of the Cold War, I have also paid particular close attention to the ever-simmering conflict on the Korean Peninsula. I am also very much attached to the profound spirituality to be found in Japan, especially at Shofukuji, where I spent as much time as possible at this holy site where Zen Buddhism began developing in Japan almost 8 centuries ago. I am confident that my raised consciousness level concerning Asian issues will enable me to provide creative ideas for our statement that can help you to get accepted, even to highly competitive programs in Asian Studies.

It is a special honor for me to help you; together, we are building tomorrow by helping you to get accepted, based on an eloquent explanation of your long term plans concerning your contribution to Asia and Asian-Western relations. After you fill out my Online Interview Form, I will ask you some specific questions by email if I need any further information. Please also send your resume/CV and or rough draft if you have one. 

Many scholarships available for the Asian American. These scholarships have been set up in an attempt to help these students get the funding they need. They are also offered through many of the Asian American organizations around the US that further political ambitions as well as education.

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Asian Studies, Issues, Concerns, and Creative Writing for the Personal Statement of Purpose in Asian Studies for Admission to Master’s Degree, MA Programs.

Prior to developing this service about 20 years ago, I lived in Korea and Japan for extensive periods of time teaching English. Later, while attending my own Master’s Program in TESOL at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Ubana, I developed especially close friendships with Asians that continue to this day. I learned an enormous amount about Asia. In addition to my independent reading, I have learned a lot about Asia, especially South East Asia.

Sample 1st Paragraph MSc East Asian Studies, Korean Applicant

Born in Seoul Korea, I share in common with President Obama the fact that I spent formative childhood years in Indonesia, 3-8 years old. I remember Indonesia very well and this has contributed to my sense of global or international identity as a citizen of the world. I am also fully Korean, however, as a result of the fact that we returned to Korea where I continued to grow up from 9 to 15 years old, when me moved to Canada.

Now 23, I have spent the last 5 years in the USA and will be completing my BA in Political Science next spring. I have come to very much love full time study and I hope to continue on to graduate school at the University of Bristol because I am anxious to move forward on the graduate level right away. Your MSc in East Asian Development and Global Economy at the University of XXXX is the graduate program that covers all of my areas of major interest in the most comprehensive and creative way.

Master's Asian Studies, Sample Statement of Purpose, Chinese Applicant

XXXX University is my first choice for graduate school towards the MA Degree in Asian Studies for a variety of reasons, most importantly the fact that there are several faculty members at XXXXy whose research dovetails nicely with my own research aspirations for the future. The Bay Area is also where I want to be because I am an activist for the LGBT community. I am committed to studying the cause of modernization in my country, China, particularly with respect to issues of gender and sexual orientation. I feel strongly that my undergraduate studies have prepared me for excellence as a graduate student in Asian Studies at XXXX.

I want to promote greater social equality in China in particular – and Asia more generally speaking - for a host of discriminated and marginalized groups, rural-urban immigrants, sex workers, gay people, “left-over women” (women who are still unmarried after the age of 28), etc. Closely observing recent processes of legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan as well as Germany has me enthused with respect to our hopes for mainland China. Gay people in China suffer from different degrees of social discrimination at the hands of both the State and private individuals and groups. For many of those who choose to embrace their identities, family issues, mental illness, workplace discrimination and harassment etc., continue to plague them, which may lead to distorted lives for them and their surroundings.

As a result of pressure to continue the family line, for example, many gay men lie to straight women about their sexual orientation in the hope that their proposals of marriage will be accepted and an heir produced to appease their parents. The result is traumatic for everyone involved, the gay man at the center, the woman duped into a false marriage, their respective families, and any children that might result from such a marriage, all locked in a cruel charade.

There is a lot of work to be done in China before the validity of same-sex marriage is recognized. Yet, I look forward to consistent, yet gradual, increases in human liberty and the recognition of human rights in this regard. At the current stage, the Chinese State is not the key issue for most LGBT groups in China. Rather, these groups tend to focus more on the area of public opinion, addressing what is seen as a lack of understanding and communication, between the minority and the majority. China has a lot of “coming out” to do, not just gay people coming out to their parents, but also parents coming out to the public through their public acceptance of their gay children.

I look forward to an in-depth analysis of the many ways in which Chinese people are becoming more flexible with respect to gender issues. Thus, it would be a special honor for me to study under Professor XXXX whose primary research focuses on the role of transnational capital in the transformation of (East) Asian societies. I also profoundly admire the work of Professor XXXX that deals with the centrality of social identity, especially relevant for China. I find his reflections on the fluidity of the “social self” to be especially inspiring. I seek a full immersion as well in social media, the Internet, and the role of state censorship in China. Thus, studying under Professor Xiao Qiang would be another dream made reality at Berkeley, learning everything that I can, in particular, about the role of Chinese public opinion. Naturally, I hope to focus my research in this area on online LGBTQ communities in China and obstacles they may face due the state censorship and control of the internet. Finally, the work of Professor Judith Butler in Comparative Literature could round out the interdisciplinary flavor of my education at Berkeley, putting her concept of ‘gender performativity’ to the test in the Chinese arena. I want to dedicate myself to researching social issues in China, organizing like-minded people for progressive issues in a human-centric manner, so as to maximize our spiritual and moral as well as material lives.

Despite a timeless prohibition in China of homosexual relations and the fact that the Communist State has always heavily promoted heteronormativity, homosexuality has never stops thriving in various ways, always there as an undercurrent beneath the surface and most often in the closet. This itself breeds social disfunction, perpetuates unhealthy stereotypes, and does nothing for social progress towards a more harmonious society, supposedly, the central goal in China.

The strict one-child policy from the Maoist era is no longer with us. Now China allows families to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. This new two-child policy is designed to address the issue of aging in China. Among a host of issues in which I look forward to engaging is the lingering, widespread presence of female infanticide due the traditional preference – and aggravated by the one-child policy – of Chinese people for having a son instead of a daughter, particularly when they are allowed only one child. Family, sex, traditional values, and national policy are all entangled together in complex webs of social injustice and disfunction with repression breeding social and moral decay. Myself and my colleagues in the Chinese LGBT community have great hope that more liberal policies will take hold regarding sexuality in China, not so much because this is what justice requires, but because it is good for business and the economy.



My clients, increasingly, are Asian or Asian Americans because Asians are now attending colleges and universities at record numbers. Especially in the last few years there are more Asian Americans seeking a higher level education. Overall in the US 45 percent of all Asian Americans have been seeking a college level education in order to get ahead in their lives. Most of the population for Asians above the age of 25 has a degree from a university. These degrees surprisingly have been obtained through the Asian homeland rather than in the US. In this article we will look at the Asian American education opportunities that individuals can find in the US. These have changed drastically in the last few years, regarding Asian American education.

As someone who has traveled throughout much of Asia and has spent decades closely following political, economic, and cultural developments in that region of the world, I feel strongly that I am especially well qualified to help with statements in this area.

English Teacher from Kazakhstan

As a teacher I see my mission as helping students to find themselves in the future, to empower and inspire them to independent, creative thinking, teaching them to take responsibility for what is happening throughout the world. I am an English teacher, an educator, and a social investigator, a solid and active member of my pedagogical community.

I am adept at performing my responsibilities in my everyday work and I have developed my own teaching philosophy, built on the shoulders of those educators that I have most admired. I like to focus on continuous professional development through reflective practices, both in my own attempt to constantly improve as a teacher, as well as with my students. I try to achieve my goals through careful planning, delivering precise instruction and promoting positive student behavior in my classroom. 

I especially love teaching English, preparing for my lessons, finding new methods and introducing new technological tools. I have become increasingly creative as a result of greater experience. Educating young people provides me with a profound sense of achievement and purpose in life. Just as I believe in lifelong education, I also believe that we can always improve as citizens, especially as citizens of the world. I feel privileged to live in the era of the Internet, which has given us all many novel ways to learn about our world and to interact with it. I am also very proud to teach an international language, our only truly global language, English.

I I feel keenly inspired every day to meet new challenges and to work to implement needed reforms in our educational system. While myself and my more experienced colleagues inevitably face great challenges and even contradictions in our practice, I believe that Kazakhstan will succeed in building an internationally competitive educational space over the course of the next few decades.

Booth patriotic and optimist; I believe that my country will be one of the leaders in fostering global education in Central Asia. We have made great progress at the construction, refinement and adaptation of pedagogical principles and processes to our unique context in Kazakhstan. I have encountered many practical problems in my teaching experience and although I can often find solutions by consulting relevant works by Western educators, I yearn for more direct professional contact and collaboration with respect to many issues as we continue to advance in education.I am especially attracted to the way in which the XXXX Program provides a great opportunity to develop professionally and to acquire invaluable skills and contacts that will play a crucial role in my ongoing professional advancement, helping me to make my maximum contribution to both secondary and higher education in my country. 

The Humanitarian Side of Asian Studies

Asian studies and humanitarian work make a perfect combination. In fact, there may have been or may be lots of topics you covered or will cover in your Asian studies program that get you fired up and prepared to get your hands dirty overseas in the name of helping others that are less privileged.

During your course, you may have studied modules like philosophy, global diversity, government and politics or been intrigued by a specific area of Asia and want to learn more. All of these have given you a great base of knowledge to prepare you for getting involved in humanitarian work. Here we’re going to discuss the different ways you can do this, whether you’re planning to study further or jump right into the world of work.

It doesn’t matter which of these routes you take, because they will both lead you down the same path. However, if you’re looking for a paid position in a humanitarian organization, you will probably need to get either some excellent experience in the field either at home or in Asia, such as an internship or other voluntary work; or you’ll need a little volunteer experience followed by a strong Masters degree focused in your area of interest.

First let’s look at the sort of volunteer/internship opportunities there are in the US. The “Group in Asian Studies” at University of California, Berkeley points to some great work opportunities for students who have already done their Bachelor’s degree in Asian studies or those wondering where their career could take them once they have the cat in the bag.

Chinese for Affimative Action (CAA) is a grassroots organization that works to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and advance multiracial democracy in the United States. They advocate for systemic change that protects Chinese immigrants’ rights, promotes language diversity and improves social justice. As an example of a post that could be filled by you, let’s look at their current opening for a community advocate. The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, and they provide a salary that depends on experience, with excellent benefits. The qualifications required for the post include: a bachelor’s degree in a related field, oral fluency in Cantonese, experience in developing and implementing grassroots advocacy campaigns, experience conducting community-based outreach and experience with working in low-income and immigrant communities. This is just one example of a position you might like to aim for in the future.

So you can see that you’ll need to get that work experience before applying. But don’t worry; it’s relatively easy to do this. What you’ll need to do is look around for a volunteer position that will give you the experience you need to satisfy the requirements of your ideal job. Everyone started out at the beginning. Luckily, the beginning can be positively challenging, as volunteer positions often involve similar duties to paid positions.

Fine examples of organizations where you can volunteer in the U.S. include Refugee Transitions, The World Affairs Council, and why not check out the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network YNPNsfba. They connect emerging leaders in the Bay Area community and provide peer-led programs, professional development, networking events and social opportunities for them.

If you’re looking for some paid and volunteer opportunities further afield, look no further than Amnesty International and, where you can sign up for job alerts. If animals are your thing, what about volunteering with Animals Asia ( They need people for their work in China and Vietnam on their programs, and at their offices in Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US. There’s no reason why you couldn’t plan to provide services for a couple of hours a week with various organizations while you’re studying, or working as an intern with a different organization abroad. The more varied your experience is, the more opportunities you will have available to you.

Other cool organizations that might interest you include the Asia Society (, the Asian Human Rights Commission (, EPIK – the English Program in Korea (, Human Rights In China ( and Human Rights Watch ( For job postings relevant to humanitarian work in Asia, have a look at, ReliefWeb and the Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

If you’re fired up to go the academic route first, you have a wide variety of courses available to you all over the world, like the M.Sc. in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management at Maynooth University’s School of Business. The University of Groningen offers an MA in International Relations: International Humanitarian Action. These, and many more Master’s programs in conflict response, development studies, global health, crisis and disaster management, human rights, international criminal law and others will all equip you perfectly for paid and voluntary positions in Asia. You may find yourself being extremely employable, as the nonprofit sector is currently expanding considerably. Your Asian Studies course and a Masters such as those mentioned above could provide you with some unique and valuable tools for your future career in humanitarian work. Good luck.

Famous and Inspiring Asian Women

Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a Pakistani human rights activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate whose advocacy has grown into an international movement. Malala’s family runs a chain of schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban banned girls from attending school during certain periods.

Malala wrote an article under a pseudonym for BBC Urdu describing her life under the

Taliban occupation and promoting education for girls when she was just 11 years old.

The following summer, a documentary was made about her life by a New York Times journalist, Adam B. Ellick. Malala rose in prominence and was nominated for the

International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu.

In October 2012, Malala got onto her school bus and a gunman shot her three times.

One bullet hit the left side of her forehead, travelling under her skin through the length of her face and into her shoulder. She was unconscious for days after the attack, and was in a critical condition, but she underwent extensive rehabilitation at a hospital in

Birmingham, U.K. and her state of health improved markedly.

When a group of fifty Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a petition against those that tried to kill her, the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill both her and her father.

Luckily, this only raised people’s awareness of Malala and her advocacy and a UN

petition was launched by Gordon Brown demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015, which lead to Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill in 2013.

Malala was considered one of the most influential people in the world in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by TIME magazine. She will turn 20 in July, 2017.