Luis Madrid


Hello, everyone! My name is Luis Madrid and I’m a freshman intending to major in Global Studies at the College of William & Mary. As a 90s kid who grew up in the age of iconic animes (such as Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon), I’ve been interested in Japan for some time now. While my curiosity extended only as far as the realm of anime at first, it soon expanded into a broader appreciation for Japanese culture, supplemented by the environmentalist overtones of Hayao Miyazaki’s films and well-publicized literature such as Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha. However, it wasn’t until after I attended the 2010 Virginia Governor’s Language Academy that my academic interests in Japanese began to take shape. Now studying the language at the 201 Level, I’m looking forward to further expanding my knowledge of Japan’s culture from both a classical and contemporary perspective.