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January

Join the FIU Chinese Corner 中文角 on Mondays & Wednesdays at the northeastern patio of the library facing the DM building from 4:00-5:00 pm.

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The FIU Korean Culture Club is now fully established and will be having their first general meeting on February 7th.

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A Memorial for Professor Yoshizu Yoshihide (1944-2014) of Komazawa University will be held at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference in Philadelphia this March 30, 2014.

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Current Asian Studies graduate students Alexandra Dvoriantchikova and Zenel Garcia presented their original research papers at the 2013 ISA (International Studies Association) Regional Conferences.

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Two 2013 M.A. Asian Studies graduates, Gabriela Romeu and Alexis Moore, were chosen for the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program that started this September. Both FIU alumni are currently in Japan successfully continuing the Program.

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February

The scholarship, currently being offered by MEXT, is a great opportunity for the undergraduate students interested in improving their knowledge of Japan in a Japanese university. The application deadline is March 7th.

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Lamarr Nuñez is a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2014 semester. He is attending Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, to fulfill his Japanese Studies Certificate and English major requirements. Nuñez also received the JASSO Scholarship. To read the full article, please click here.

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March

On March 7th, 2014, Asian Studies Program held the Southern Japan Seminar. The Seminar featured a series of lectures from visiting scholars on various topics on Japan.

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April

On March 29, 2014 the 2014 Florida Statewide Japanese Speech & Skit Contest was held at the FIU Green Library. Click here to view the list of winners.

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The 7th Annual Florida International Chinese Speech & Skit Contest was held on March 15th, 2014. Click here to view the list of winners.

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May

Twin sisters Shalisha and Shonda Witherspoon, both pursuing the Japanese Studies Certificate, have been featured on the FIU News page for their Study Abroad experience. They won several scholarships from the Fund for Education Abroad, Gilman, Fu Foundation and FIU’s Office of Study Abroad to travel to Kyoto, Japan this summer.

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June

The Asian Studies Newsletter for the Academic Year 2013-2014 is now available online.

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August

Fine arts major Nathalie Alfonso enrolled in an FIU study abroad program organized by Art & Art History Professor Lidu Yi, during which she met some of the country’s best-known contemporary artists. Alfonso recently decided to go to China and also initiated a program for young artists in Miami.

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Art exhibition by Chinese artist Simon Ma at the Frost Art Museum was recognized by the Miami Herald. In Chinese, the name Ma means horse and the year 2014 marks the Chinese year of the horse. Click here to read the article in the Miami Herald.

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September

Dr. Steven Heine's latest book entitled "Zen Koans" was recently published by University of Hawai'i Press. Click here for book details and to read a review.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hitomi Yoshio, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, is the new Graduate Program Director for the Asian Studies MA Program. She will work closely with Dr. Heine to help graduate students as she transitions into this new role.

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October

Professor Marr, who has been conducting fieldwork as a Social Science Research Council/Center for Global Partnership Abe Fellow in Japan since May 2014, proposed to show the film "Right to Wynwood," in Kamagasaki, Osaka to stoke debate about art and gentrification in global cites.

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November

Dr. Yoshio's article, "Performing the Woman Writer: Literature, Media, and Gender Politics in Tamura Toshiko's Akirame and 'Onna sakusha,'" was recently published in the journal Japanese Language and Literature.

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