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Huon Kirkman

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: Western Sydney University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Huon Kirkman

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: Western Sydney University

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Biography

It was not until high school that I first experienced learning a second language, where Japanese was compulsory for the first year. Discovering an interest in this new language and unique culture, I was motivated to continue those studies through the rest of high school and into university, where I now major in Japanese and linguistics.

 

I have really enjoyed the connections with new people and communities made along my learning journey and endeavour to make more while I study in Japan to deepen my language and cultural understanding. These connections inspire me as I pursue professional interpreting and translation, where I hope to build and support strong relationships between Japan and Australia.

 

I’m also a big coffee nerd so if you see me, we can chat about our favourite brewing method and why it is not the French press.

Skills & Expertise

  • Japanese language
  • Japanese culture and society
  • Linguistics
  • Intercultural communication
  • Sustainability in the coffee industry

"The scholarship is a chance to connect with the vast network of scholars who are keen to learn from each other's experiences and insights across a range of interests."


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