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June 2, 2005
Contact: Jill Kleinberg, KU School of Business, (785) 864-7505.

Kleinberg scholarship to fund study of business, language, culture in East Asia


LAWRENCE -- The Center for East Asian Studies and the School of Business at the University of Kansas announce the creation of a new scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing double degrees in the two programs. The scholarship, supported by professor Jill Kleinberg, who will retire in 2006, will provide an annual award of $1,000 to support either a study abroad experience or a business internship in an East Asian country for the scholarship recipient.

Kleinberg, who has been at KU since 1988, lived in Japan for five years and has studied business and culture in Japan, China and Mexico. At KU her teaching specialty is comparative and crosscultural management.

William Tsutsui, KU director of the Kansas Asia Scholars program, says, "This scholarship will allow KU undergraduates to experience firsthand the dynamic economies and distinctive cultures of Japan, China and Korea. Its creation is a testament to Jill Kleinberg's generosity and her longstanding commitment to engaging KU students with East Asia."

William Fuerst, dean of the KU School of Business, notes that, "American business professionals with expertise in East Asian languages and cultures are scarce. With this strong relationship between the School of Business and the Center for East Asian Studies, KU has the resources to prepare students for opportunities in this dynamic region of the world."

After earning a master's degree in Japanese studies and a doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan, Kleinberg was a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California-Los Angeles, where she began researching Japanese firms operating in Southern California.

" This scholarship reflects how important I feel it is for people doing business today to have knowledge of foreign languages and the cultural context of working across nations," says Kleinberg. She has chosen the emphasis on East Asia because of the tremendous importance of that region in terms of economics, politics and culture.

Kleinberg's interest in KU predates her faculty appointment. Her father, Jacob Kleinberg, was a professor and chair of chemistry at KU, and she received undergraduate degrees in history and East Asian studies from KU.

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