Dr. Heine has recently published a special biographical essay featured in this year's Japan Studies Review, titled "OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE: SŌTŌ ZEN COMMENTARIES ON DŌGEN’S SHŌBŌGENZŌ and the Formation of the 95-Fascicle Honzan (Main Temple)" in addition to his latest book publication, "FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
The FIU Asian Studies Program Newsletter 2016-2017 includes information on the Asian Studies 7-Year Program Review, Faculty News and Accomplishments, with a spotlight on Dr. Shenggao Wang, student accomplishments and awards (including the Omar K. Carrion Scholarship and Fu Foundation), Undergraduate/Graduate Student and Alumni News, a new East Asia Virtual Reality Travel Course Online, as well as an overview of the final year of the Japan Foundation IPS & NEH grant report, and other event news.
Masako Kubota, Japanese Instructor, led the FIU Honors College Study Abroad program Japan this past Summer 2017. It included ten days each in Tokyo, Sapporo, and Akan Kotan (an Ainu village). The trip focused on reciprocity and sustainable communities and cultures in Japan. Kubota Sensei led her students to experience traditional Ainu society and culture first-hand. Students engaged in various activities, including Kimono ritual ceremonies, typical dance and spiritual stories of Ainu culture.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is now offered at FIU! The date of the exam will be December 3, 2017. Registration is now open. Find the brochure here!
The Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) will hold a bento contest this Fall 2017. This bento contest celebrates the traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese (Washoku). The registration deadline is on Friday, September 22, 2017. Click here for more details.