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Experience the rich culture of Japan by studying abroad this summer at Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan). There is no language requirement and the trip is open to all majors. Click on the link above for more information.

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Margarita Rentis, BBA International Business and BA Asian Studies student, has received the honor of becoming a Worlds Ahead Graduate. President Mark B. Rosenberg will personally recognize her at the Fall 2017 commencement for her outstanding academic and personal achievements.

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Applications for the Asian Studies M.A. Program are open for Fall 2018. The deadline to apply is June 1 at 5:00pm EST. To apply today, click on the link above.

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On Wednesday, October 18th, Dr. Steven Heine and Pamela D. Winfield, co-editors of "Zen and Material Culture," presented "Finding Zen: Uncovering Meaning in Art & Artifacts" at the Japan Society. The event was moderated by award-winning novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki.

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The current 2017 issue (Volume XXI) of the Japan Studies Review (JSR) is now available as a PDF file. For hard copies, contact asian@fiu.edu.

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FIU Asian Studies Alumni Sandra Avila has been named Science Librarian for UCF Libraries and is assigned to the Research and Information Services Department. Learn more about this recent development.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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“Exploring East Asia: Virtual Reality Travel,” a new online class centered on virtual reality offered through the Asian Studies Program, as part of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, is the first course of its kind at FIU. For students who may not be able to afford study abroad trips, they now have a chance to experience East Asia like never before using materials like VR goggles in the classroom. Adjunct Instructor Marcela Lopez-Bravo designed the course and taught

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