>> 2013 7.8
Happy Birthday to you! 42 years old! As my birthday gift to you, a new scarf design "Light in the Pacific Ocean" is released today. Pacific Ocean connects Japan, Australia and the US.
This year, the ANU's scholarship was awarded to Mr. Philip Adgemis, a doctoral student in Arts and Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University. It seems that the competition level has become higher every year and the quality of the recipient's work is outstanding. The award will asset him to undertake fieldwork in and around the Northern Territory town of Borroloola as part of his research project, 'Yanyuwangala: change, resilience and identity.' The panel saw much in his application that might have resonated with Mino, not only in his willingness to watch, listen and learn from Yanyuwa intellectuals but his appreciation of his teachers as historians.
I also received a progress report from Shannyn Palmer, the recipient 2012. Shannyn wrote;
"Undertaking extensive fieldwork in remote locations can create significant challenges for a researcher. Driving to locations often several hundreds of kilometres from Alice Springs where I live is an expensive exercise. I purchased a four wheel drive to be able to get myself to places that require driving hundreds of kilometres on difficult unsealed roads and able to carry lots of people. I need to be able to cover the costs of fuel for those trips, which makes up most of the expense of this kind of fieldwork. I also provide food for people when we go on bush trips to visit places and record or film oral histories. On occasion I have also taken out paints and canvas or supplies of clothes from the op-shop for people who have requested it. These are the basics in undertaking fieldwork of this kind, which can be very difficult for a PhD student on a stipend to provide without additional funding. Receiving the Minoru Hokari scholarship has provided much appreciated assistance in carrying out my fieldwork. It has enabled me to maintain my vehicle and fuel it for fieldtrips as well as cover the costs of some of the other aspects of fieldwork mentioned above. Minoru Hokari’s work, particularly his idea of cross-culturalising the discipline of History has been a significant influence on my own work. In my research I endeavour to address some of the challenges he raised in his work and feel incredibly grateful to have received an award made in his honour. "
My "Knit-to-Fundraise" project has been going very well. The current fund balance is AUD$79,081, which produces AUD $3,342 scholarship annually. Our goal is to raise AUD$48,000 more to provide AUD$5000 every year in perpetuity. I have raised US$1,830 just from selling my patterns. I enjoy designing and meeting more and more knitters around the world. Also, I am planning a "Knit-A-Thon" event in this September; I will donate $0.50 for every 10 yards of yarns that each knits one of my designs. Two local knitting stores will have kick-off party with trunk show and the closing party to claim the yardage. For the first year, I would be happy if 10 knitters participate. I will make it an annual event. September is a good month to start Xmas gift knitting.
In August, our parents will come to see us in the US, and we all will go to Florida for vacation. Dad can play golf with Kyle and John and Mom will learn how to swim from Nicole. We have lots to catch up. I know you will be there with us.
Your sister, Yuki