This award will allow Forsythe to teach and complete research from September 2012 to February 2013 at the University of the Ryukyus, the national university in Okinawa, Japan. Her teaching will include courses on Asian-American literature and the politics of identity and home. Forsythe will also continue research on cultural displacement and hybridity in contemporary literature through the unique lens of Okinawa, which has been influenced in its arts by its contacts with China, Korea and various countries in Southeast Asia.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential and provided with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.