CSU Northridge -- October 3, 2003
Student Awarded Scholarship to Study in China
For the fifth year in a row, a Cal State Northridge student has been
awarded a full scholarship from the Chinese government to study in China.
Songrant “Mickey” Sanglimsuwan, a senior double majoring
in film production and digital media, is spending this semester at Peking
University taking intensive Chinese language courses. He plans to spend
next semester auditing Chinese film theory courses.
“It is quite a honor for our students to receive these scholarships
year after year,” said Zhixin “Justine” Su, director
of Northridge’s China Institute. “Altogether, seven CSUN
students have received such prestigious awards to study in China in
the past five years, and several are still studying and working in China.”
Su said the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles has recommended
that Northridge students be awarded the scholarships over students at
other Southern California institutions of higher education “because
of our excellent ties and collaborative relationships with China during
the past 20 years.”
Su said Sanglimsuwan’s study goals for China are to learn more
about the art of filmmaking and about Asian aesthetics.
“He believes that Chinese cinema is producing films that are competitive
in the world market,” she said, pointing to such movies as Hero,
The Road Home and Raise the Red Lantern. “These films, with strong
Eastern philosophy, are being accepted on the global level. Being able
to engage in Chinese film theory courses will help him develop as a
Sanglimsuwan also plans to work with foreign students studying at the
Beijing Film Academy. He is also hoping to find an internship related
to filmmaking while in China, Su said.
Sanglimsuwan is fluent in English and Thai and is proficient in Chinese.
He has studied at Chiangmai University in Thailand.
He was one of the California State University’s first recipients
of the Wang Family Scholarships, which allowed him to study at Peking
University last year. However, the outbreak of the SARS epidemic last
spring forced him to return to Los Angeles early.
“The Chinese Government Scholarship Council award has enabled
Mickey to return to the campus of Peking University late in August to
begin a new year of study and research,” Su said. Cal State Northridge
established the China Institute in 1982. The institute aims to promote
better understanding of the Chinese culture and to strengthen friendship
between the American and Chinese people. In more than 20 years it has
played host to hundreds of Chinese scholars and has been influential
in arranging dozens of education and cultural exchange programs between
China and the United States. For more information about the institute,
visit its Web site at www.csunchinainstitute.org.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130, firstname.lastname@example.org