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January

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The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership presents a "Face Mask Contest" open to amateur creators from all ages. Participation is free. The winning designs will be printed on masks and distributed to interested medical institutions and nonprofit Japan-related organizations such as Japan-America Societies and Japanese Gardens. Winners will receive 25 of their designed face masks. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2021.

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2021 marks the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and the United States. There have been ups and downs in the bilateral relationship, but the comprehensive engagement between Washington and Beijing in the past four decades has served as an anchor for global peace and prosperity. However, more recently, in response to the rise of China and its perceived aggressive expansion in trade, technology, and global influence, what began as a “pivot” to Asia.

February

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Observe Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life. This event is presented by the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens. Click here for the full schedule and to register for this event.

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This virtual Meet Up session is open to all FIU students interested in Japanese. Join us this Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 1:00 PM-1:50 PM. Click on the flyer for the Zoom meeting details. For questions, please contact Komura sensei (komuran@fiu.edu).

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Join us online for this year's Southern Japan Seminar titled, "Research Strategies for East Asian Studies in the time of Covid" on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6:00 PM-7:15 PM via Zoom (ID 714 179 7621). This panel will include presentations by Dr. Paula Arai (Louisiana State University) and Dr. James Mark Shields (Bucknell University). Click on the flyer for more details!

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We invite you to our next Colloquium series featuring Katie Rainwater on Friday February 26th at 3:30pm! Katie Rainwater is a visiting instructor in FIU’s Global Sociocultural Studies department where she teaches Societies in the World and Research Methods. She is interested in labor and food systems in South and Southeast Asia. Her current research project explores the incorporation of small farmers and workers into the export-driven shrimp industries of Bangladesh and Thailand.

March

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The Association of Florida Teachers for Japanese welcomes students to participate in the Spring 2021 Contest! The categories include: Speech Video, Manga, Karaoke Video and Promotional Video. The deadline to register is March 6th, 2021. For more information please email: shimoura@fsu.edu

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Join us on Friday, March 12th from 6-7:15 pm (EST) for an interactive virtual colloquium designed for interdisciplinary Asian Studies students to learn about the different travel experiences in studies of Japan. The panel will include a discussion with insightful commentary on Japanese travels through literary analysis in global and pedagogical perspectives, with presentations by Elisa Romulo Borges, Matías Chiappe Ippolito, and Marcela Lopez Bravo. Click here to for more details.

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Are you looking for a job or internship? Interested in pursuing your Master's or Ph.D.? The Green School Career Fair is right around the corner on Tuesday, March 23rd from 3-6pm. Register today at go.fiu.edu/GreenSchoolCareerFair

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On Tuesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. EST, FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and the Asian Studies Program - with the support of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - will host “I’m Not a Virus: A Teach-In on Anti-Asian / Asian American Racism.” We’ll learn from actress and comedian Margaret Cho, cultural anthropologist Mitzi Carter (FIU), historian John Kuo Wei Tchen (Rutgers), social theorist Sean Metzger (UCLA). Click here for more details!

April

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Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. These special workshop sessions are presented by the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens. Click on the link for more info!

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Join us on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (EST) for a virtual colloquium titled, "Dialogue on Japan’s Marginalized: Ainu and Okinawans," featuring three Faculty experts on Japanese society (Wesley Ueunten, Mitzi Carter, and Masako Kubota). We will discuss topics regarding Ainu and Okinawans in terms of diverse issues such as sociopolitical history, cultural identity, human rights, and immigration. Event details and Zoom ID are included in the flyer. Click here to learn more!

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Registration is now open. Please click here to see the registration dates, course offerings, and other important deadlines for Summer and Fall 2021.

May

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Join us on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST (May 14th 8AM-10AM Japan time) for a free live webinar titled "Fighting Homelessness through the COVID-19/Systemic Inequality Syndemic" featuring leaders of community organizations in Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Osaka who will discuss their efforts to fight homelessness throughout the ongoing syndemic—the interaction of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic inequality. Supported by Japan Foundation - "US-Japan Service Hub Network."

June

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Contact us at asian@fiu.edu with your questions and we will set up a Zoom meeting upon request.

September

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Please join us for an online EastView-hosted CNKI (China National Knowledge and Infrastructure) information and training session. Register in advance for this meeting through the link above. Further information can be found at https://www.eastview.com/resources/cnki-faq.

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers students an opportunity to teach English in Japan. Jhonatan Baez, former JET recipient and instructor at FIU, will be leading the Info Session on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5PM (EST). Click on the flyer for more details and to access the Zoom event link.

October

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In honor of Indigenous People's Day on Monday, October 11, 2021, join us for an online screening of "First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee" at 5:00 PM (EST), followed up by a panel discussion at 6:00 PM (EST) with Benjamin Frey, Walt Wolfram, María-Luisa Veisaga, and Rev. Houston R. Cypress. An interview with Dr. Mitizi Carter and Awich, Okinawan rapper will begin at 6:45 PM (EST). Click on the flyer to access the Zoom link.

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Interested in learning more about job opportunities with a degree in Asian Studies? Join us on Wednesday, October 13th at 3:00 PM (EST) via Zoom for a special workshop with FIU Career Specialist Nelly Leon from the Career & Talent Development office. Click on the flyer to access the Zoom link.

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Are you interested in improving your Japanese language skills? In this virtual event, you will get to know せんぱい & こうはい in different language levels and get advice on how to study Japanese from senpai and more! Any questions? Please contact Komura-sensei (komuran@fiu.edu). Click on the flyer to access the Zoom link.

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Join us on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) for a special webinar led by Dr. Kyle Pan, Assistant Professor of Digital History at FIU. His lecture is titled, "Networking for Historical Justice: Building the Graph Database of Reparation Lawsuits against the Japanese State for Colonial and Wartime Atrocities." Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program. Click here for more info and to access the Zoom link.

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The purpose of this bento contest is to celebrate Japan’s cool food culture. Participants submit photos of creative bento decorated in a food container, which will be evaluated based on (1) how appetizing it looks and (2) creativity and design. Register for the 5th Annual AFTJ Bento Contest by 5:00 pm on October 22, 2021. The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, November 8. The 1st & 2nd winners will be awarded with prizes. Click here to learn more!

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Join us in this year's Asian Studies Alumni Connections virtual webinar to learn about what two of our distinguished graduate alumni have achieved academically and professionally since completing their Asian Studies degrees: Sandra Avila and Jhonatan Baez. This event will be moderated by Dr. Steven Heine. We hope that their pursuits can inspire you! Please click here to access the Zoom link.

November

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Interested in pursuing the Master's degree in Asian Studies? This year's Grad Fair will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021, from 3:30-4:30 pm (EST). Access our Zoom link by clicking here.

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Registration is now open! Click here for important deadlines and course offerings.

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Join us on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST) for a special webinar discussion with Lorraine K. Bannai, attorney, author and professor of law who tells a very personal story of Fred Korematsu; a simple man courageous enough to challenge criminal conviction and the removal and incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Click here to view the flyer and Zoom link.

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Join us on November 12, 2021 for a webinar titled "The Political Economy of China-Latin American Relations" presented by Dr. Carol Wise (U. of Southern California). Dr. Wise specializes in international political economy and development, with an emphasis on Latin America and Pacific Asia. Event sponsored by the Department of Politics & International Relations and Dorothea Green Lecture Series.

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FIU Language Day is right around the corner! Join us on Friday November 19th from 11am - 2pm at the FIU Green Library, GL 220, GL 1st Floor TV Lounge, and GL Breezeway. Activities include: Language Conversations, Trivia, Karaoke, Pop-up Speakers, Clubs, Free Food, Free Swag, Free Fun, & More! Visit library.fiu.edu/fiulanguage for the calendar of events.

December

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The 2021 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Exam will be held at FIU on Sunday, December 5, 2021. * Please click here to read the full instructions on how to sign up and learn about the new safety measures.