World Deaf Leadership
Name: Hu Ke
Field of Study: ASL and Linguistics
I am Hu Ke, from the People's Republic of China. I graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Tsinghua University. After graduating, I worked at Beijing Union University (BUU) as a college teacher for 10 years. After many tests and assessments, I won World Deaf Leadership (WDL) scholarship in March 2012. In August 2012, I entered Gallaudet University as a student in the English Language Institute (ELI); then became a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics where I also studied American Sign Language (ASL). I hope to graduate in 2015 with an M.A. degree in Linguistics.
My goal is to continue as a member of BUU's staff, where I will teach and help college students from various parts of China, and be an advocate on behalf of the deaf people there.
My WDL project aims to elevate deaf sign language in Mainland China to the same linguistic status as the languages by hearing people. I also hope to increase access and opportunities for members of the deaf community so that they may rebuild their confidence and skills. Ultimately, I want to enlighten the hearing population about the world of the deaf so that they will see what a wonderful and interesting culture we have and will want to learn more about it.
The WDL scholarship has helped me a lot, especially by offering me opportunities to think from an broader international perspective, to learn more about the global deaf community, and to master the advanced research and knowledge of deaf studies, such as linguistics, interpreting, and deaf learning methods. It has also helped me make many friends and develop an international network with excellent people in a variety fields. Without this scholarship, I can't image what I would be doing and what I would have become in China. The WDL scholarship is helping me reach my dream. I will never forget the support of WDL and the Nippon Foundation.