Gavon H.A. Wong
Gavon was born in Honolulu and raised in Papakolea, Hawaii. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Advertising and a Minor in Japanese from Brigham Young University – Utah. He worked for several years as a Web & Graphic Designer in Lehi, Utah and San Jose, California.
Gavon now attends the University of Hawaii – Manoa and will be a graduate from the Educational Technology Masters Program and the Certified Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) program. He works as the Internet Marketing Specialist for Crazy Shirts. He also works as a Web & Graphic Designer for his family’s business: AhVahleen Hawaiian Skin Care (http://www.ahvahleenskincare.com/).
Gavon lived in Japan for a couple of years as a church missionary and had the opportunity of making a lot of friends from Japan. He continues to use his Japanese language skills today in sales and customer service.
When time is free, Gavon enjoys playing music, going to the beach, lifting weights, spending time with family, and creating flash games.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Irrashaimase! … Online Japanese for Hawaii Retail
Over 25% of the customers of a particular Hawaii-based clothing retail company are from Japan. Surprisingly, only a handful of staff can speak conversational Japanese. The participants of this study are retail store staff members that interact with Japanese customers on a daily basis. Meeting synchronously face-to-face for a language class is very difficult because these participants have sporadic business schedules.