Office of Student Financial Aid corrects outdated, charged reference to Northeast China

UW's Schmitz Hall

Schmitz Hall on the University of Washington campus houses both the International Student Services and Student Financial aid administrative offices. The departments are working to eliminate all outdated references to Northeast China. (Photo by Sarah Corn)

via The Daily of the University of Washington

Two University of Washington offices are updating a scholarship’s antiquated and potentially offensive reference to a region still recovering from occupation at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army.

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), in conjunction with International Student Services (ISS), is changing the term “Manchuria” to “Northeast China” in all literature relating to the Statira Biggs Scholarship, after Chinese international students raised concerns about the scholarship’s unclear, culturally insensitive application criteria.

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