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January

The annual Southern Japan Seminar (SJS) promotes the research and educational activities of Japan-related scholars in the Southeastern United States. This year’s event will be held in Florida International University’s MMC Campus at the Frost Art Museum (Room 107) on Friday, March 2, 2018.

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February

The registration for the AFTJ Speech and Skit Contest is 3/16/18. The contest will take place on 4/8/18 at 1pm at the Whitten Learning Center 110 in Coral Gables. Click on this link for more information.

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March

Professor Matthew Marr’s article entitled “Gentrification, Housing Situation, and Uncertainty: The “Cries” of Kamagasaki Residents about Nishinari Tokku Kousou and Neighborhood Change” was recently published as the lead article in the Japanese language journal “Space, Society, and Geographical Thought.”

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April

On April 23rd, the Asian Studies GSO hosted a graduation party for graduating members. The Asian Studies Program would like to congratulate everyone in the Class of 2018 for their accomplishments!

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Samuel Cohen graduated in Spring 2017 with a BA in Asian Studies and a Chinese Studies Certificate. Learn more about what Samuel has been up to since graduation.

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Congratulations to our Spring 2018 recipients of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Awards, Dario Encalada, Eshrat Nikrooye-Asli, Jana Nudelman, Michaela Prostak, and Ashley Webb.

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Dr. Matthew D. Marr will present research on his recent publication at Harvard University on April 6, 2018. Click on this link for more information.

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Diana Bermudez graduated in 2016 with a Certificate in Asian Studies. Learn more about what Diana has been up to since graduation.

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June

Nadine "Nada" Matas graduated with a degree in Asian Studies, a degree in English, a minor in Religious Studies, and two academic certificates. Learn more about what Nadine has been up to since graduation.

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ASN 2002 Intro to Asian Societies has been approved as a University Core Curriculum course and will count for Social Science Group Two.

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July

Congratulations to Dr. Zenel Garcia - FIU Worlds Ahead graduate for Summer 2018! Zenel earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations and Asian studies from FIU in 2010. With his family’s encouragement, he pursued a joint master’s degree in Asian Studies (completed in 2014) and a Ph.D. in international relations at the university. Click here to read his story!

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August

Fall 2018 Edition: Includes information on the Program's accomplishments over the last academic year, new Japan Foundation grant projects, Faculty News with a spotlight on Dr. Matthew Marr, Fully Online Asian Studies B.A. and Undergraduate Certificate, new Korean Instructor at FIU, Student & Alumni News, as well as an overview of the year's cultural events, such as "Cool Japan @ FIU" and more!

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September

The current 2018 issue (Volume XXII) of the Japan Studies Review (JSR) is now available online. For hard copies, contact asian@fiu.edu.

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The 2018-2019 Omar K. Carrion Award winner is Sofiya Burmistrova. The runner-ups are Adriana Schiavo and Hedda Stokkland.

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November

At Florida Atlantic University’s “Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches” conference, Dr. Steven Heine, Professor and Director of the FIU Asian Studies Program, presented the keynote address.

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Zhiying Qian was an exceptional M.A. student in the Asian Studies Program. She completed her entire degree in 2007, only a year after beginning the program. On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, Qian returned to Florida International University to present her research on the processing of Mandarin, Japanese and English classifiers.

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On Friday, November 9th, FIU hosted its first Korean Culture Festival and Contest. FIU students competed in the categories of Cooking, Speaking, Singing and Dancing. The event had a great turnout, thanks to the leadership and participation of student-led organizations Korean Culture Club (KCC) and the Asian Studies Graduate Student Organization (ASGSO) - led by Adjunct Instructor Sungmin Cho, who teaches Korean language and Korean culture classes.

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This film tells the story of Seibei Iguchi, his family, and the drama of the life of a low-ranking samurai during the collapse of the Tokugawa regime. Intro and Q&A with Dr. Amy Bliss Marshall Brought to you thanks to the Dept. of History, Phi Alpha Theta & Asian Studies For more info contact Steven Leano (P.A.T. President): slean003@fiu.edu

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