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January

JapaNetwork is an institutional network designed in collaboration with FIU (Dr. Steven Heine and Dr. Asuka Mashav) and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

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February

The annual Southern Japan Seminar (SJS) promotes research and educational activities of Japan-related scholars in the Southeastern United States. This year’s event was held on Florida International University’s MMC Campus at Graham Center (GC) 150 on Friday, February 26, 2016. The event featured 7 lectures and a musical performance.

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On February 12, 2016, FIU Asian Studies Program and Modern Language Department along with many guests celebrated the Chinese New Year! The celebration was held on at GL 100 from 7:00-9:00 PM. This event was free and open to the public. Chinese snacks and drinks were provided. There were many great performances throughout the night. Thank you to all who came to celebrate. Click above for pictures from the event.

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April

On February 27 & 28, 2016, FIU's Asian Studies & Modern Language Programs, Japan Club, Geek Culture Club along with the Japanese Consulate in Miami held a two-day event dedicated to Japanese Traditional & Pop Culture! People played games or entered a contest to WIN Prizes!! Attendees enjoyed tea, onigiri or taiyaki while listening to J-pop or Taiko drumming and so much more.

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May

Check out the A.S.G.S.O. Asian Studies Farewell Party that happened on May 2, 2016. Thank you to everyone who came out to say goodbye to those people who were graduating and farewell to those going back home to Asia. We had a blast and we will miss you all. ---- Lisa Niven (President, A.S.G.S.O.)

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Asian Studies is proud to announce that several of our graduate and undergraduate students are recipients of a number of prestigious awards!

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This past Sunday at the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale local Kimono designer, Hiromi Asai held a fashion show. Her show was in conjunction with the museums Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration. A few of our students/alumni were models in her show. Click more to see a video from the event. Courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel.

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Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate

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The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

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Our visit to The Art of the Video Game Exhibition at the Frost Art Museum. Join us on our adventure.

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Presidential Proclamation -- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2016

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August

The current 2016 issue (Volume XX) of the Japan Studies Review (JSR) is now available as a PDF file. For hard copies, contact asian@fiu.edu.

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Fall 2016 Edition: Includes information on the "Tokyo: High City and Low City" NEH Summer Institute, the Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support Program Grant Activities, student accomplishments and awards (including a World's Ahead Graduate and the Omar K. Carrion Scholarship), Undergraduate/Graduate Student and Alumni News, as well as a spotlight on Dr. Asuka Mashav, and other faculty news.

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October

On occasion, we spotlight our alumni and all of the great things they have been doing since they graduated the FIU Asian Studies Program. Today's update is Christian Deleveaux.

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Recap from Dr. Heine's book signing for the "Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate" at Books & Books on 9/23/16

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"Welcome to Asia @ FIU" event was held on 9/23/16 in the GC Pit area of MMC. This event was held by the Asian Studies Graduate Students Organization (A.S.G.S.O.) in Collaboration with Japan Club and Modern Language Graduate Students Organization.

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Rosh Hasanna is the Jewish festival of new year and is celebrated this year from October 2 to 4. To mark the occassion, Aravindan Neelakandan caught up with Prof. Nathan Katz, who has been working both in the academics as well as cultural field for the promotion of Hindu-Jewish ties.

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November

This workshop featured four alumni. Each of the alumni discussed their time at FIU and how they arrived at the place they are now in life. It was a great conversation regarding positives and negatives of college life, internships, part-time work, study abroad and so much more. Please click above to see a few pictures from the event.

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On Friday, November 4th, the Ainu, the indigenous people from Japan visited the FIU MMC campus to teach us about their traditional culture. They left all who attended with a great appreciation for their history and traditions.

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December

It was a great day to enjoy Japanese culture, meet other Japanese students, learn more about Japan, and have fun! Held on: December 12, 2016 19:30 AM - 1 :30 PM 1 Held at: FlU Modesto A. Maidique Campus 1 GL 100 and GC classrooms The workshops this year included: Japanese culture,Sushi-making,Kimono try-on,Marial arts - Kendo,Video Games,Anime,Chopstick decoration/Hachimaki making,Calligraphy Japanese bracelet making/origami crafts,Sumie (Japanese brush painting)

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