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January

Veljko Dujin, Curator of Collections at the Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens and FIU alumnus

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May

The sixteenth volume of the Japan Studies Review (JSR) is now available online. JSR is the annual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the joint efforts of the Asian Studies Program and the Southern Japan Seminar at FIU.

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The Fu Foundation Scholarship for Study Abroad in Asia for Summer and Fall 2012 have been awarded.

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June

The Asian Studies Newsletter for the Academic Year 2011-2012 is now available online.

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Asian Studies M.A. student Adam Johnson was recognized by Dr. Mark Rosenberg as a “Worlds Ahead Graduate” at commencement in May.

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July

Dr. Hitomi Yoshio has been hired to teach Japanese language and literature courses for the new Japanese Area Studies Major.

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A new interdisciplinary major in Japanese Area Studies, which is a branch of the Asian Studies B.A. degree, has been approved and will be offered beginning in Fall 2013.

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September

Dr. Steven Heine recently published "Remembering Dogen's Death" on Oxford University Press' Blog: Academic Insights for the Thinking World based on his book "Dogen: Texual and Historical Studies."

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In Spring 2013, new professor Dr. Hitomi Yoshio, will offer Japanese language and literature required for the new Japanese Area Studies Major.

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Julia Beabout was awarded the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship for an intensive summer in Xi’an, China studying Mandarin Chinese.

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The Asian Studies Program is now recruiting for the M.A. in Asian Studies for Spring 2013 admission!

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October

This new summer program is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Japan’s history, traditions, art, and philosophy, particularly the practice of Zen through the tea ceremony, one of Kyoto’s traditional arts. Apply for Summer A 2013.

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November

Asian Studies Program and other departments recently held two successful events in the past two months - "Iwami Kagura" Shinto Dance Performance in September and a Linguistics Symposium: "A Comparison of Foreign Language Teaching Methodologies and Policies in the EU & Asia" in October.

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December

Japan Immersion day was held on Monday, December 10th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM in GC and GL. In its 12th year it has introduced students to Japanese culture and students through various workshops and activities

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Dr. Matthew Marr recently published a blog on the Council on Foreign Relations's Asia Unbound website titled, "Two Improbable Locales for Japanese Optimism."

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