Nome: Rosa Vieira de Almeida
What brought you to the USA?
I actually lived in Michigan with my mother ten years ago and always wanted to move back to the US one day. Last year I applied for a Fulbright grant and when I got that I applied to a number of different Chinese literature programs here. I didnt get into my top choice program and only later realized that the program Im at now was my top choice program all along, I just didnt know it at the time!
In what are you currently working on?
At the moment Im only taking classes and not working very much on my own research yet, but when Im done with my coursework, I will be working on contemporary Chinese diaspora literature in Southeast Asia, focusing on Macau and perhaps doing some comparative work with Portuguese literature as well, well see.
What conditions do you have here that you do not have in Portugal?
Chinese studies is a fairly new field in Portugal, whereas it has a long history in the US, in particular at older schools like Yale. As a literature person, I dont need too much more beyond my books, and the library at Yale is absolutely spectacular (they even purchased a series of Chinese books for me last month!) Also, most of the richer universities here have a lot of money for advanced foreign language study which is something I hope to benefit from next summer.
What are your future plans?
Simple: to survive the PhD.
Why did you join PAPS?
A friend told me about PAPS and I thought itd be a good way to meet interesting people here and find out what other Portuguese people are doing.
|Favourite source of news from Portugal:||PThese days I mostly get news from blogs, but I used to try and read Público every day when I was less busy at the beginning of the semester.|
|Daily life (weekdays):||Home - library - home|
|Daily life (weekends):||Usually at home, usually working.|
|Other interests:||I quite like photography and sewing, but Ive done very little of either since the semester started. I really hope to spend my winter holiday catching up on these things.|