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February

Professor Matthew Marr has recently published an article in Japan's leading national paper, Asahi Shinbun. "Harnessing a Thousand Points of Light: The Need for Social Capital in Public Policy." This article is co-authored with Daniel P. Aldrich (Purdue University), who is also part of the Mansfield Foundation US-Japan Network for the Future program. Based on their research, the piece focuses on the importance of using policy to promote social capital amid small budgets and big problems.

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On Monday, March 21, the Asian Studies Program co-sponsored a Japan Relief Bake Sale Fundraiser that was organized by Asian Studies Teaching Assistant, Jennifer Garcia.

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New Chinese Studies TAship

Asian Studies MA Program announces a new Chinese Studies Teaching Assistanship. Though the program offers a very limited number of TAships, this year we are offering a new one specifically for Chinese Studies Graduate Students. Qualifications include: Very competitive scores in GPA and GRE, BA in Chinese Language and Cultural Studies, and previous travel to China. For more inforamation, please contact Dr. Steven Heine at heines@fiu.edu.

May

On May 6, 2011, President Mark Rosenberg visited Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), along with Vice President Howard Lipman and his party of four. They hope to continue the student exchange program between the two schools, while teachers also get involved in research.

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Japan Culture Day was held on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00am to 3:30pm. The event was held on the first floor of the SIPA building. A variety of workshops, games, performances and food were made available to guests.

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June

The Japan Studies Review, Volume XV is now available online. The Japan Studies Review is a refereed journal published annually by the Southern Japan Seminar and Asian Studies at Florida International University. As a publication which addresses a variety of cross-disciplinary issues in Japanese studies, Japan Studies Review includes contributions dealing with practical and theoretical topics in the areas of business and economic issues, politics, education and curriculum development, philosophy

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Recent article on Dr. Matthew Marr's research project published in Japan's leading national paper, Asahi Shinbun

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Congratulations to this year’s graduates of Asian Studies academic programs and other prominent students!

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M.A. in Asian Studies Fall 2011

Asian Studies is inviting applications for students interested in the Master of Arts in Asian Studies degree program. Please inquire about the program, including a new teaching assistantship for Chinese Studies. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2011. For more information please visit the Academic Programs section of the website under M.A. in Asian Studies, or email inquiries to asian@fiu.edu.

October

Dr. Steven Heine, professor of Religious Studies and History, and associate director of SIPA and director of the Asian Studies Program, was recently featured in the September 2011 issue of Religious Studies Review

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The AFTJ, Inc. is the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese. AFTJ is a registered, non-profit educational organization devoted to the study and teaching of Japanese language and culture from K-16 level. The purpose of this association is to encourage, support, sustain and improve the teaching of Japanese at all levels of instruction in Florida, and to promote a cooperative spirit through the exchange of ideas and cordial fellowship among its members as well as to serve the community's int

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November

Steven Heine has published an exciting new book on the role of Buddhist temples and the cult of funerary religion in contemporary Tokyo seen in relation to Shinto shrines.

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