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Forgach ’06 on Asian Studies Panel

Nandor Forgach ’06 will present a paper on a panel at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Philadelphia next month.   Forgach’s paper is titled, “Japan’s Population Decline and Its Implications for Japanese Society.”

“The Association for Asian Studies is the single most important academic meeting in Asian Studies in the U.S., and presenting a paper there is an important milestone for any Asianist,” says James-Henry Holland, associate professor of Asian Languages and Cultures.

After earning his degree in Asian Studies from Hobart, Forgach went on to earn dual master’s degrees from Seton Hall University, in Diplomacy and International Relations and Asian Studies.  (They were two separate programs, completed in three years.)

“My Japanese teacher at Seton Hall University has been very supportive of me throughout my studies. He asked me if I would be interested in presenting at the AAS meeting,” explains Forgach. “I decided if I was selected it would be a great experience.” He applied and was asked to be part of a panel for the conference.

Since graduating from Hobart, Forgach has presented at various conferences.  He had the opportunity to present at Seton Hall’s annual Japan Week all three years he attended. He presented one year, was a moderator for a panel another year and gave the keynote speech on Japanese robotics and the future of the industry in Japan in his final year. Forgach also presented at the 2007 and 2008 Mid Atlantic Regional Asian Studies Association meeting and at the Chinese Teacher’s Conference at West Point in 2007.  During the summer of 2008, while interning with the United States’ Consulate in Nagoya, Japan, he gave a number of talks and speeches at local universities, schools and cultural centers on various American topics, ranging from the American Revolution to the United States’ voting system.

While at Hobart, Forgach was one of the 30 hosts at the U.S. pavilion at the World EXPO in Aichi, Japan, in 2005.  He led tours in Japanese, answered questions, and represented the U.S. at the EXPO. He speaks Mandarin Chinese as well as Hungarian, and took the opportunity to use those skills at the U.S. pavilion as well.

“The World EXPO was a once in a lifetime experience.  I learned a lot from one year of living in Japan. I can thank that experience for my extensive knowledge of Japanese people and their culture. You really can’t learn about a people and their culture until you spend time living with them,” he says, adding “I probably would have never found out about the opportunity to intern with the pavilion at the World EXPO if I hadn’t participated in HWS’s study abroad program in Hikone, Japan.”

He is currently working for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, on abduction cases for the Office of Children Issues. 

“If it wasn’t for Hobart I don’t think I would have had the language basis in Japanese and Chinese that would have allowed me to get to the position I have.  Both Professor Holland and Huang gave me the direction to succeed on my chosen path,” says Forgach.

In the photo above, Forgach is standing at the Berlin Wall. He visited the region while attending an International Relations conference.