Imagine the excitement felt by Christopher Foertsch, Masters of Applied Anthropology at Oregon State University, when he opened his letter from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and it read:
"Dear Mr. Foertsch, Congratulations!"
"I am delighted to inform you that you have been selected as a Finalist for a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Indonesia. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. You will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while you are overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Indonesia. You will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948. Shortly you will receive a letter from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recognizing your accomplishment."
Chris' topic for his Fulbright is "Educational Migration in Indonesia: An ethnography of Eastern Indonesian students in Malang, Java". This ethnographic research explores the experience of the growing number of students from Eastern Indonesia who attend universities on the main Indonesian island of Java. Collecting data through interviews and observations in the town of Malang, Java and on other islands, it asks key questions about challenges these often maligned and misunderstood students face as minorities among the dominant culture and how this influences national and regional identity.