Congratulations, 2022 Award Winners!

Congratulations to Sandhu Aladuwaka, Victoria Crane, and Hannah Petersen! We have the privilege of working with so many fantastic students interested in the study of Asia. Each year we recognize the exceptional work of a few of these excellent students. Faculty select an Outstanding Student Award winner from current Asian Studies minors and two research award winners out of those who submit their work early in the spring semester. The 2022 Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award goes to Hannah Petersen. Hannah is an Asian Studies […]

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Submit Your Work for UA’s Asian Studies Research Competition

Did you write an essay or research paper engaging Asia in some manner this year? Submit your UA undergraduate work for the 2022 Asian Studies Research Awards! Deadline: January 21, 2022 The 2022 Asian Studies Research Awards, along with a small scholarship, will be given to UA undergraduates for selected submissions in two categories, essays and research papers. Essays are generally under 10 pages and can take various forms (book review, response paper, reflective essay, etc.). Research papers are generally […]

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New Course on Chinese Culture, Spring 2022

The Chinese program at UA is offering a new course in Spring 2022 “Introduction to Chinese Culture” (CHI 270). Delivered in English, in this course, students explore key transformations in contemporary and modern Chinese society and its role in the world under the influence of globalization. While its focus lies in modern China, this course provides an overview of many traditional heritages and their impact on Chinese culture. This course also counts towards the Asian Studies Minor. For other courses […]

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Scholarships for Language Study

The US State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages, many of them related to Asia (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu). The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Applications for the program […]

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Courses for Spring 2022

The list of courses related to Asian Studies offered in Spring 2022 is now available. Many courses count towards specific General Education requirements. For Humanities/Fine Arts, you can take The Violent and the Sacred (REL 101), which will highlight Asia, or for the History sequence, you can take Modern Asia Since 1400 (HY 114). Two Asia related courses also satisfy the Writing requirement, Art of Imperial China (ARH 355) and Adv Studies in Comparative Multi-Cultural Lit: Literature of South Asia (EN 411.002). […]

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Guest Lecture on Japanese Art, October 18, 2021

Julie Nelson Davis, Professor of Art History at University of Pennsylvania, will present a guest Zoom lecture on Japanese art. Her lecture “The Art World of Ukiyo-e: The ‘Pictures of the Floating World’ in Context” will be presented as a webinar on Monday, October 18 at 5:30 pm (CDT). Register for the webinar via Zoom. Dr. Davis is the author of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty (2007, second edition 2021), Partners in Print: Artistic Collaboration and the Ukiyo-e Market (2015), and Picturing the Floating World: […]

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Report from Washington

By Steven L. Jacobs From the 13th to the 17th of January, 2003, I was privileged to attend the Winter Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, for Professors Teaching Holocaust-Related Courses in the areas of “Theology, Ethics, and Religion.” Sixteen of us were selected from throughout the United States from both public and private institutions, private and public, to participate in this five-day learning experience, hosted by the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Our Seminar […]

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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Book Review

Kyle Stephens Jon Krakauer has forged a career by telling the stories of people who commit what seem to be irrational acts. Included among his tales is the disastrous 1996 attempt to scale Mt. Everest (Into Thin Air, 1997) and the young man who braved (unsuccessfully) the Alaskan wilderness armed solely with a bag of rice (Into the Wild, 1996). In his most recent book, the best-selling Under the Banner of Heaven, Krakauer examines a subject where the line between […]

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Baptized in Blood: An Interpretation and Critical Response

Nic Reagan REL 490 Spring 2002 If one were to take a quick glance at the cover, with its bold Rebel cross and equally bold title, one might mistakenly think Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause to be the propaganda of a backwoods racist asserting that “The South will rise again.” On the contrary, Charles Reagan Wilson’s Baptized in Blood is not a book by an author seeking to glorify the mythical past of a falsely idealized […]

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Success Found in Defeat

Kathleen Penton Dr. Russell McCutcheon Religious Studies 490-001 2 May 2002 Charles Reagan Wilson’s Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 was greeted upon its release in 1980 with praise for breaking “new ground in Reconstruction and New South history” (Jones 263). The work has been called a sensible and not condemnatory interpretation of southern post-Civil War mythmaking based on the observation that “Southerners cannot escape their history,” and neither pacified nor at peace “did not really […]

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