Voices from Scholars

The message from CWAJ Alumni Scholars AhRan Ellie Bae (May 2017)


Hello, ladies and gentlemen.

My name is AhRan Ellie Bae and I am currently a PhD candidate at Rikkyo University. As some of you may already know, my research is focused on Korea-Japan relations during the colonial era. I specifically focus on the issue of collaboration between Koreans and the Japanese colonial rule. For the past year, I have been fortunate enough to be granted a scholarship from CWAJ.

Thanks to CWAJ’s generous support through the scholarship, I was able to successfully submit and publish my first paper in an academic journal. Additionally, I was able to share my research findings to fellow researchers at conferences held in Korea as well as Japan.  I will also be presenting my research findings in three different conferences this coming summer. And last but not the least, I’m almost finished writing my dissertation, which I am certainly looking forward to most! As an aspiring researcher, it was truly exciting to have opportunities to finally share research findings with others around the world.

On a personal note, as some of you might be familiar with, women my age are always crippled with a choice to either have a family or pursue a career path. I am actually in my third year of marriage and as you might expect, I am constantly asked the question: “when are you having a baby?!” Frankly speaking, having this scholarship was a rather excellent, and convenient excuse to say, “the baby has to wait. I am going to finish my PhD first!” In addition, it is always encouraging to witness how so many ladies pioneered this path before me, and somehow, amazingly managed to pursue family and also a career.

And all these valuable opportunities would not have been possible without the generous support provided by CWAJ. So, I would like to again express my sincere thank you to all the members of CWAJ for not only for the financial support, but seeing the value and having faith in the work I do.

Lastly, for new scholars, congratulations! I am excited to see what this year holds for you and I wish you the best for your future endeavors. Thank you.