The co-winners of the 2015 Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang Award in Chinese Language are Emma Auden and John (Jay) Husson.
The award was established in 2002 to honor the memory of Chinese Department co-founder Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang (1936-2000) and is presented annually to the student entering his or her junior or senior year, in any academic major, whose performance in Chinese language study at Middlebury during the academic year is judged by the Chinese Department to be especially worthy of distinction and who plans either study abroad, an internship, or related activity in China or Taiwan.
Emma is a joint major in Geography and Chinese from Appleton, WI. She started Chinese this year as a sophomore, and fell in love with the language and the department here at Middlebury. After attending Middlebury's Chinese Language School this summer, she will spend J-term and spring of 2016 in Beijing.
Jay is a sophomore Feb at Middlebury, majoring in East Asian Studies. He is very interested in Chinese philosophies and religions, particularly Confucianism, Chan Buddhism, and Daoism. He looks forward to studying abroad in Beijing during the January term of 2016 and in Kunming during the spring semester.